Re-imagining the use of traditional watercraft in the Aegean Sea for a sustainable environment and economy

This website presents a three-year research project carried out by Dr Katerina Velentza in the University of Helsinki with funding from the Kone Foundation (Koneen Säätiö). The research project Re-imagining the use of traditional watercraft in the Aegean Sea for a sustainable environment and economy combines concepts from the fields of maritime history and archaeology, maritime ethnography and anthropology, as well as environment sustainability and marine conservation. This interdisciplinary research on the possible re-introduction of traditional watercraft in the Aegean region presents a case of modern adoption of past lifestyles in the pursuit of sustainable environment and economies in the face of the current climate emergency. The scope of the project highlights the role of humanities and archaeology in the climate crisis and the global challenges humanity is facing at present. Recording and learning about the past can help to build a better future.

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