Clay Boat Models from Yavneh-Yam: Toward an Understanding of Their Chronology, Function, and Use

Moshe Fischer, Alexander Fantalkin, Itamar Taxel, Liora Bouzaglou, Oren Tal

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Abstract

This study presents an assemblage of complete and fragmented clay-made boat models uncovered during controlled archaeological excavations from Yavneh-Yam, which is located on the southern coastal plain of Israel. First, the relevant contexts from the Persian and early Hellenistic periods at the site that yielded these models are contextualized within the framework of contemporary geopolitical dynamics. This is in order to clarify the geopolitical status of Yavneh-Yam during these periods and the crucial role of the Phoenician agency. A detailed presentation of the boat models follows, including their typology, petrography (thin-section), and technological examination. Finally, we discuss a possible function and use of this group of votive objects, with far-reaching implications for deciphering the possible Phoenician ritual practices related to Phoenician seafaring activity in the Mediterranean.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-353
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Volume11
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Funding

FundersFunder number
Gerda Henkel Foundation
Israel Science Foundation

    Keywords

    • Hellenistic
    • Palestine
    • Persian
    • Phoenician
    • Yavneh-Yam
    • clay boat models
    • popular cult

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