Skip to comments.4th century BC Mazotos shipwreck yields Chian amphorae and rich finds about shipbuilding history
Posted on 12/28/2018 2:47:06 AM PST by SunkenCiv
A total of seventy (70) partly or fully preserved Chian amphorae were recovered, which raised the number of amphorae stowed under the foredeck of the ships hold to ninety nine (99). Most of these amphorae were most probably carrying wine but at least one was full of olive pits, possibly for consumption by the crew. Also, two fishing weights were found, which offer us a glimpse of the life onboard the merchantmen of the period.
Underneath the cargo, the wooden hull was poorly preserved, most probably (as a result of the wrecking episode and (the subsequent natural site formation processes at play. Only two days prior to the end of the season, a much better preserved part of the hull started to appear, which is a promising indication that more coherent evidence on shipbuilding technology will be found during the next field season. After careful study of the excavated timbers, however, a very important element of shipbuilding technology has already come to light: both ligatures and mortise-and-tenons were used to join the garboard, the stempost and the keel. Related with the traditions of two prominent Mediterranean seafaring people, the Greeks and the Phoenicians, these two techniques found in the same ship add an important piece to the puzzle that is the history of classical shipbuilding in the eastern Mediterranean. This history has thus far been grounded on only two excavated shipwrecks: the Maagan Michael, Israel, dated to the end of the fifth century BC and the Kyrenia shipwreck, Cyprus, dated to the beginning of the third century BC. Thus, the Mazotos shipwreck, dated to the fourth century BC, fits right between these two and covers a gap in the development of naval technology in antiquity.
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A total of seventy (70) partly or fully preserved Chian amphorae were recovered Photo Source: Cyprus Department of Antiquities
Passing olive pits: old world version of punishment?
Only if they’re passed the same way as kidney stones. (!)
Chian amphorae. Those were the ones shaped like Zeus and Athena, which the ancients would cover with the paste of seeds and watch them grow hair.
So this is a shipwreck containing Matzohs? Oy.
“Passing olive pits: old world version of punishment?”
Based on observation of the family hound; in moderation, olives aren’t a problem. On the other hand, peach pits redefine punishment.
Maybe the crew had eaten the olives and tossed the pits into an empty amphora.
So, Greece was the China of the day. They stole Phonecian ship building technology
Thanks for posting that!
This is worthy of the Unnnnngh! thread lol. I’ve never had a kidney stone but it runs in the family.
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