“Along with Darrin and O’Leary’s edited volume Handbook of Space Engineering, Archeology, and Heritage, Capelotti’s book is a seminal work in the emerging field of space archeology. Space archeology focuses attention on the places and artifacts of space exploration in their broader cultural and historical context, beyond the usual scientific and engineering treatments they have received so far. In this work Capelotti both offers a theoretical framework for thinking about the material manifestations of space exploration and initiates an inventory of lunar, planetary, and (presently or soon to be) interstellar space trash. His work draws both on his reading of primary source materials and with his extensive research into the archeological manifestations of human exploration of an extreme environment, the Arctic, which provides a good terrestrial analog for space exploration.” https://amzn.com/0786458593
Nautilus has now been published by Fireship Press.
“A trio of Penn State Abington students joined a team of international researchers in Norway this summer, documenting the early exploration of the world’s northernmost archipelago. A grant awarded to Abington’s resident polar explorer and professor of anthropology, P.J. Capelotti, funded the experience.”
“…with Capelotti’s smooth writing style and extensive research, many people will be able to enjoy these exciting tales of grand adventure. For historians looking for a different perspective on a tired subject, to students looking for an exciting, in-depth review of Arctic exploration in its larger context, Capelotti’s book presents the narrative in a way that both informs and compels the reader to learn more about Arctic exploration. Though there are other books within the [University of Calgary Press’s] Northern Lights series that highlight Arctic exploration, Shipwreck at Cape Flora is an exceptional addition to the series. Capelotti’s book offers both an exciting tale of adventure, while providing the series with a historical background of Arctic exploration.
Chris McEvoy, writing in Polar Geography 38 (2): 2015.