Review of Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor

Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor
by Martin W. Sandler
Intermediate    Astra    144 pp.
10/23    9781662602047    $24.99
e-book ed.  9781662602054    $14.99

Sandler turns his attention to shipwrecks and marine archaeology, selecting seven shipwrecks that collectively present the excitement of solving the mysteries of where each one lies, the latest excavation technologies, and the wealth of historical understanding each wreck yields up. He begins with the discovery of a vessel from ancient times near Crete, which became the first that led to a deliberate excavation after it was located in 1900. From there, he introduces readers to George Bass, who led the first scientific excavation of a shipwreck in 1960 and in the process created the discipline known as marine archaeology. A shipwreck found off the coast of South Africa in the 1980s compels us to “confront and remember the brutal practice of the slave trade.” Sandler finds the hook in the story surrounding each wreck, and the stories build upon one another to create a more complete understanding of the field. A final chapter teases nine additional shipwreck stories in brief vignettes. The handsome book design features full-color photographs of recovered artifacts; scientists working to restore ships; sidebars with additional information; and historical paintings, photographs, and maps. Source notes, a select bibliography, and an index are appended.

From the November/December 2023 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt is the coordinator of library media services at the San Diego County Office of Education.

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