medieval maritime warfare material culture

Early Medieval Naval Warfare: Maritime Warfare Before Cannons

Hopefully this paper can help to answer “what was naval warfare like in the Middle Ages before cannons were widely used?”
Welcome to this tour through early medieval naval warfare and Dark Age maritime activity. Our exhibition will begin with a brief yet formal chronological jaunt along some of the many notable accounts of early Germanic piracy and Anglo-Saxon navy activity. Then we’ll explore Dark Age naval strategy and tactics before we conclude with a broad analysis of the material culture of early medieval naval warfare.