Chris has the good fortune of being an archaeologist with years of experience on a variety of prehistoric and historic land sites. However, his specialty is Nautical Archaeology--the investigation of shipwrecks and related seafaring lifeways. He particularly enjoys the latter 18th through 20th-centuries which includes the exciting transition from sail to steam. Historical Archaeology provides the framework for his research in warfare as a catalyst for sociocultural change. His longer-term research explores non-naval maritime security with the use of shipboard guns and this relation to the maturation of nation-states in the 19th-century Age of New Imperialism, state legitimacy through the monopolization of violence, and civic or national identity.
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