The Tantura F Shipwreck, Israel

Ofra Barkai, Yaacov Kahanov

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Tantura F is the first wreck excavated so far in the eastern Mediterranean dated to the beginning of the 8th century AD (the local early Islamic period), based on 14C and pottery analysis. Among the finds were the remains of about 30 ceramic vessels, two anchors, food remnants, fish-bones, a needle, a spoon and a glass vessel. Tantura F was c.15 m long and 5 m wide, and hull remains comprise keel, frames, planks, stringers, mast-step, and other internal components. Construction features clearly indicate frame-based construction, considerably earlier than it is generally thought to have been first employed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-31
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Dor
  • Frame-based
  • Islamic period
  • Tantura F
  • Tantura lagoon
  • Transition in construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Paleontology


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