Maʻagan Mikhael B, Israel: a preliminary report of a Late Byzantine–Early Islamic period shipwreck

Maayan Cohen, Deborah Cvikel

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The Maʻagan Mikhael B shipwreck was found in 1.5m of water, beneath 1.5m of sand, 70m off the Mediterranean coast of Israel. The hull remains are in a good state of preservation, comprising the endposts, aprons, framing timbers, hull planks, stringers, and bulkheads. The finds comprise rigging elements, wooden artefacts, organic finds, animal bones, glassware, coins, bricks, stones, ceramic sherds, and complete amphoras. The shipwreck was dated to the 7th–8th centuries AD; which makes it an exceptional source of information regarding various aspects of ship construction, seamanship, and seafaring in the area in Late Antiquity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-207
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The underwater excavations (IAA permits G-41/2016 and G-40/2017) and research of the Maʻagan Mikhael B shipwreck are supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 1891/16), the Honor Frost Foundation, a Dov Shafir Fellowship, a Natan Rotenstreich Scholarship, a Sir Maurice Hatter Fellowship, the Research Authority of the University of Haifa, and anonymous donors, to whom the authors are grateful. The authors would like to thank B. Lorentzen, S. Manning, Y. Gorin-Rosen, R. Yeshurun, Y. Goren, and M. Volken for their valuable assistance; J.B. Tresman for the English editing; and the anonymous referees for their valuable comments.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 The Authors. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology © 2018 The Nautical Archaeology Society.


  • Late Antiquity
  • Late Roman amphoras
  • Mediterranean
  • ship construction
  • shipwreck
  • transition in construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Paleontology


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