Two ancient wooden anchors from ein gedi, on the Dead Sea, Israel

Gideon Hadas*, Nili Liphschitz, Georges Bonani

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Two ancient wooden anchors with ropes, dating to different periods, were found on the western shore of the Dead Sea. The one-armed anchor was dated by 14C to the Late Iron Age - Persian Period, and the second anchor to the Roman Period. The saline water of the Dead Sea preserved the wood and ropes, but corroded almost all the metal parts. A thin black crust of lead and a green crust of copper are the only remains of the collar of the Roman anchor. The finds were made from local tree species and were probably made locally: the one-armed anchor from Acacia, the Roman one from Christ-thorn, and both ropes of date-palm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-307
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Dead Sea
  • DendroarchaAdoneological research
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Rope
  • Wooden Roman anchor
  • Wooden one-armed anchor


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