Fishing gear from a 7th-century shipwreck off Dor, Israel

Ehud Galili, Baruch Rosen

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The ancient anchorage of Dor, Israel, contains wreck-sites from several periods. Underwater exploration of one Byzantine wreck discovered the remains of a medium-size boat constructed with iron nails. Coin-finds dated it to c .665 AD, after the Muslim conquest. The wreck was probably caused by natural agents, but an event in the Byzantine-Muslim conflict can not be discounted. The artefacts include a group of objects testifying to the practice of light-fishing. Literary sources indicate a prevalence of light-fishing, but archaeological finds are very rare. This discovery clearly indicates light-fishing in late antiquity. A sounding-lead and steelyard can be seen as auxiliary to the fishing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Byzantine
  • Carmel
  • Light-fishing
  • Sounding-lead
  • Underwater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Paleontology


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