Skip to comments.The Porticello Wreck: A 5th Century B.C. Merchantman in Italy
Posted on 10/17/2004 8:31:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Unquestionably the most exciting object from the wreck is the bronze bearded head (Fig. 1). From black glaze bowls and lamps recovered from the stern of the ship, we can fix the time of the ship's sinking to the last quarter of the 5th century. The bronze head must, then, have been made no later than some time late in the 5th century, although some scholars, seeing the sculpture out of its archaeological context, would have placed it in the 4th century... Sculpture formed only a small part of the cargo, which included in addition amphoras containing wine and possibly preserved fish, lead ingots perhaps from the famous lead and silver mines of Laurion near Athens, and-most unusual-ink. The amphoras come from far-flung regions of the Mediterranean, as far east as the Bosphorus and as far west as the western extremity of Sicily... [T]he cargo represents a considerable cash investment for the merchant or merchants who provided financial backing for the voyage.
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