In the Footsteps of Honor Frost: The life and legacy of a pioneer in maritime archaeology [Paperback]

Lucy Blue(Editor)

ISBN: 9789088908309 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Series: Honor Frost Foundation General Publication | Volume: 1 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 300p, H10 x W7, 148 full color and 48 b&w
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In the Footsteps of Honor Frost


Maritime archaeologist Honor Frost (1917-2010) was a pioneer in her field. She left a rich legacy through her innovative research conducted in the eastern Mediterranean on the remains of ports and harbours, sea-level change, shipwrecks and ship construction, and ancient anchors.

This volume provides an appreciation of Frost's work and gives a point-in-time assessment of current projects in the region that are in effect a continuity of Frost’s work. As such, it provides an insight into the development of the discipline of maritime archaeology in the region from its infancy to the present day. The subjects covered include Frost’s long-term research into the port infrastructures of the Levantine coast, particularly at Byblos, Tyre, Sidon, and Arwad, which heralded harbour geo-archaeology by addressing sea-level change and maritime paleo-landscapes. Also, her excavation and analysis of the ships relating to the archaeological remains of the Punic wars that she excavated from 1971 off the coast of Marsala, Sicily. This work is examined both through her underwater investigation at the time, the creation of a museum in Marsala to house the remains, and through a recent discovery in Frost’s archives. Frost’s survey of the lighthouse at Alexandria, on which all later work has been based, is also included. Her contribution to the establishment of research into stone anchors is examined within the context of current projects.

Two seminal articles are offered. One with respect to Frost’s life before she became a maritime archaeologist: as artist and set and costume designer for ballet productions. The other one provides a detailed overview of her maritime archaeological career.

Table of Contents

Lucy Blue

Honor Frost under the Mediterranean: from maritime to nautical archaeology
Patrice Pomey

Honor Frost, True to Herself: From Art and Ballet Design to Underwater Archaeology
Sophie Basch

1985-2008: the TROPIS Symposia on Ship Construction in Antiquity
Harry E. Tzalas

Arwad, Tyre, Sidon and Byblos: Honor Frost’s impact on harbour studies in the Levant
Nicolas Carayon

Honoring the Lady of Byblos
Nicolas Grimal and Martine Francis-Allouche

Harbour Installations at Tyre North
Ibrahim Noureddine

Preserving the Landscape of Anfeh: from nature to culture
Nadine Panayot Haroun and Lucy Semaan

Three Decades of Adventures with Honor Frost in Crete
Elpida Hadjidaki

Honor Frost and the Pharos: the Lighthouse of Alexandria
Jean-Yves Empereur and Isabelle Hairy

Early priorities and new perspectives in harbour research
David J. Blackman

Building Upon Honor Frost’s Prehistoric Stone-anchor Foundations
Gregory, F. Votruba

The Archaeological Mission of Marsala
Pietro Romano Alagna

The History of Marsala’s Shipwreck Exhibition
Rossella Giglio

The Second Life of a Phoenix: Honor Frost’s Unpublished Chronicles of a Punic Ship in Sicily
Claire Calcagno and Elena Flavia Castagnino Berlinghieri

Afterword: The Honor Frost Foundation
Alison Cathie

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