|Title||Recording and Analysis of Ship Graffiti in St Thomas' Church and Blackfriars Barn Undercroft in Winchelsea, East Sussex, UK|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Dhoop, T, Cooper, C, Copeland, P|
|Journal||International Journal of Nautical Archaeology|
|Keywords||church, graffiti, Reflectance Transformation Imaging, Ship depiction, undercroft|
Two assemblages of ship graffiti were recorded using Reflectance Transformation Imaging in the ancient port town of Winchelsea. The engravings show characteristics common to most medieval ship graffiti in England, while displaying different levels of detail, which encouraged a nuanced interpretation. It is suggested that the ship graffiti demonstrate a multifaceted relationship with the sea. The St Thomas' church graffiti could have been a means of spiritual protection and a devotional practice that cuts across different communities of practice and social groups. The seascape in Blackfriars Barn undercroft can be interpreted as an occasion of informal remembrance of the mustering of a large naval fleet before setting out.