A new type of composite anchor dated to the fatimid-crusader period from the dead sea, Israel

Asaf Oron, Gideon Hadas, Nili Liphschitz, Georges Bonani

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Abstract

Two composite anchors of a kind not hitherto identified, each composed of a re-used ashlar block, a wooden shank, two arms and a rope, were discovered recently on the Dead Sea shoreline. Two additional anchor weights of identical type were found in the same region. The two well-preserved anchors were dated to the Fatimid-Crusader period. The shank and the arms were made from local tree species: Christ thorn and tamarisk, and both ropes of date-palm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Dendroarchaeological research
  • Fatimid-Crusader period
  • New-type composite anchors
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Sailing on the Dead Sea

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