The late-antique ma‘agan mikhael b shipwreck, israel

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Abstract

The Ma‘agan Mikhael B shipwreck, dated to the seventh–eighth centuries CE, is located about 70 meters off the Mediterranean coast of Israel, at a maximum water depth of 3 meters, buried under 1.5 meters of sand. The excavation of the shipwreck is in progress, and the hull has not yet been excavated completely. The exposed hull remains, comprising the keel, endposts, aprons, framing timbers, hull planks, stringers, bulkheads, and maststep assembly, are in a good state of preservation. The most significant finds are the ceramic sherds and complete amphorae. Other finds include rigging elements, wooden artifacts, organic finds, animal bones, glassware, coins, bricks, and rocks. The dating of this shipwreck makes it an exceptional source of information regarding various aspects of ship construction, seamanship and seafaring, regional economic activity, and daily life in the Levant in late antiquity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalNear Eastern Archaeology
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The underwater excavations (IAA permits G-41/2016, G-40/2017 and G-26/2018) and research of the Ma?agan Mikhael B shipwreck are supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 1891/16), the Honor Frost Foundation, the Research Authority of the University of Haifa, Kibbutz Ma?agan Mikhael, and anonymous donors, to whom the author is grateful. The author would like to thank John Tresman for the English editing.

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology

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