A Hellenistic/Early Roman shipwreck assemblage off Ashkelon, Israel

E. Galili*, V. Sussman, G. Stiebel, B. Rosen

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Abstract

Underwater surveys at Ashkelon during 1998 exposed a Hellenistic/Roman shipwreck. The ship, c.15-25 m long, sank in the 1st or 2nd century BC, and its remains include iron anchors, lead sheathing, copper nails, assorted metal artefacts, and shipwright's unused nails. Bronze vessels found-oil-lamp, shovel and ladles-could have functioned in cult rites. Weights and balance-scale parts demonstrate commercial activity. Fishing-net sinkers indicate involvement in fishing. This paper raises important points regarding the risk to shipwrecks on the Israeli coast from environmental and human interference, and suggests that Ashkelon never had a built-up port.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-145
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Balance
  • Iron anchors
  • Shipwright
  • Symbolic ritual
  • Trumpet
  • Weights

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