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On the trail of purple
U of Muenchen ^ | January 13, 2020 | unattributed

Posted on 02/04/2020 12:48:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv

As part of a DFG-funded project, a German-Tunisian team co-directed by LMU archaeologist Stefan Ritter has surveyed the ancient city of Meninx on the island of Jerba and reconstructed its trading links in antiquity.

The port of Meninx was unusually situated and well protected. Incoming ships first had to negotiate a deep and broad submarine channel in the otherwise shallow bay, before approaching the city itself via another channel that ran parallel to the coast for much of its length. They then had to traverse a wide stretch of shallow water to reach the city's wooden and stone quays, which extended seawards from the strand. From these piers, stevedores could readily unload cargoes and transport them to the nearby warehouses. We know all of this thanks to the work of LMU archaeologist Stefan Ritter and his team, which has allowed them to reconstruct the port facilities of Meninx on the island of Jerba off the coast of North Africa. The city was an important trading center in the time of the Roman Empire, and had commercial links with many other regions throughout the Mediterranean...

Based on their findings, Ritter and his collaborators believe that the city's prosperity rested in large part on a single commodity -- the purple dye, which was obtained from the sea snail Murex trunculus. "We have good reasons to believe that the purple dye from Meninx was not exported as such, but was used locally to dye textiles, which were then sold further afield," says Ritter. The material, which was highly valued, was apparently exported all around the Mediterranean littoral and beyond. In exchange, the inhabitants of Meninx imported foodstuffs, wine, fine domestic pottery and marble sourced from Italy, Spain, Greece, Asia Minor and Egypt.

(Excerpt) Read more at en.uni-muenchen.de ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: carthaginians; djerba; godsgravesglyphs; meninx; murextrunculus; phonicians; romanempire; tunisia
Purple dye, purple dye...

1 posted on 02/04/2020 12:48:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 02/04/2020 12:49:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv

It had quite a purple reign...


3 posted on 02/04/2020 12:50:44 PM PST by null and void (The democrats just can't get over the fact that they lost an election they themselves rigged!)
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4 posted on 02/04/2020 12:53:31 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Speaking of which, Megan and Harry have been stripped of their royal titles and most of the funding from the Crown.

Rumor has it that Harry is going into the entertainment biz to make up the difference.

He's going to call himself "The Artist Formerly Known As A Prince"...

5 posted on 02/04/2020 12:53:59 PM PST by null and void (The democrats just can't get over the fact that they lost an election they themselves rigged!)
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6 posted on 02/04/2020 12:55:14 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv

But is it Deep Purple dye?

Serious question:

Ok, so the trade ships have to use these deep groves to avoid the shallow water, then cross “a wide swath” of the shallow water to access the docks.

What am I missing?


7 posted on 02/04/2020 12:57:27 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: null and void

ISWYDT!.....................


8 posted on 02/04/2020 12:58:16 PM PST by Red Badger (Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.......... ..)
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Import/Export business? We may have discovered George Costanza’s roots


9 posted on 02/04/2020 1:01:40 PM PST by smvoice (I WILL NOT WEAR THE RIBBON.)
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To: null and void
It's my own fault, I shouldn't have started...

10 posted on 02/04/2020 1:04:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: smvoice
If Jerba is the same as Djerba, it could very well be true. :^)

11 posted on 02/04/2020 1:05:26 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: Grimmy
What am I missing?

Smoke on the water?

12 posted on 02/04/2020 1:33:02 PM PST by null and void (The democrats just can't get over the fact that they lost an election they themselves rigged!)
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To: Grimmy; SunkenCiv
***But is it Deep Purple dye?***

Purple cloth was costly and prized by royalty all around the Mediterranean.

***the city's prosperity rested in large part on a single commodity -- the purple dye . . . the ancient city of Meninx on the island of Jerba***

The island was ruled by Jerba the Hut, who received his wealth and power from trade in the dyed purple cloth. Apparently his safety depended on bounty hunters.

13 posted on 02/04/2020 8:30:50 PM PST by Bob Ireland (The Democrap Party is the enemy of freedom.They use all the seductions and deceits of the Bolshevics)
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14 posted on 02/04/2020 8:42:00 PM PST by kevao (BIBLICAL JESUS: Give your money to the poor. SOCIALIST JESUS: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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The rest of the Djerba keyword, sorted, edited:

15 posted on 06/27/2022 9:58:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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