ΜΙΚΡΟΝΑΥΠΗΓΙΚΗ

The archives and the historical documents enlighten us quite precisely on piracy and its actors during the XVIIth-XVIIIth centuries, modern period often described as the apogee of this phenomenon along the coasts of America, in the Caribbean or in the ocean. Indian. When most of these filibusters remain almost unknown, some become true emblematic and historical characters who marked their era as Edward Teach better known under the pseudonym of Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, William Kidd, Jack Rackham or Bartholomew Roberts. Their catches, journeys, feats of arms, alliances, deaths are recounted by contemporary storytellers and writers but also by the sailors or surgeons who rubbed shoulders with them. However, aspects of their daily life on board or ashore, detailed knowledge of their ship, their cargo and treasure, landing places and port cities are rarely mentioned in the literature. The archeology of piracy of this period can be a way to better understand the daily life of these outlaw seafarers. Completely unpublished in France and bringing together 24 national and international contributions, this work presents both the main archaeological sites linked to piracy of the 17th and 18th centuries through the cases of wrecks ( Speaker 1702,  Whydah Gally  1717 or  Queen Anne’s Revenge  1718) and of land occupations (vestiges of camps and coastal defenses) in the American-Caribbean space and the Indian Ocean but also the archaeological furniture discovered on these sites. Enriched by a large iconographic cover, the study of the daily life of pirates focuses on groups of objects developed by the best specialists (pearls, weapons, coins, dishes or fauna) while trying to draw up the first archaeological syntheses while moving away from popular folklore inherited from the 19th century.

Authors:

Yann von Arnim, Roberto Barazzutti, Pierre Bertholet, Adelphine Bonneau, John de Bry, Gilbert Buti, Fabrice Casagrande, Alexandre Coulaud, Philippe Hrodej, Jérôme Jambu, Patrick Lizé, Philippe Migaud, Nicolas Morelle, Laurent Pavlidis, Christophe Pollet, Alfredo Prieto, Pedro Pujante, Nathalie Sellier-Ségard, Jean Soulat, Noémie Tomadini, Kimberly Urban, Magali Veyrat, Sarah Watkins-Kenney.

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