Friday, July 23, 2021

Under the Mediterranean I: Studies in Maritime Archaeology

Edited by Stella Demesticha & Lucy Blue, with Kalliopi Baika, Carlo Beltrame, David Blackman, Deborah Cvikel, Helen Farr & Dorit Sivan | 2021 

Paperback ISBN: 9789088909450 | Hardback ISBN: 9789088909467 | Imprint: Sidestone Press Academics | Format: 210x280mm | 370 pp. | Honor Frost Foundation Research Publication 1 | Series: Honor Frost Foundation Research Publication | Language: English | 28 illus. (bw) | 285 illus. (fc) | Keywords: maritime archaeology; harbours; shipwrecks; maritime cultural landscapes; sea-level change; maritime trade | download cover

This volume is a collection of 19 articles in three sections reporting on recent research on the archaeology of shipwrecks, harbours, and maritime landscapes in the Mediterranean region. The shipwrecks section looks at excavated vessels from Mazotos, Modi Island, the port of Rhodes, Naples, and Narbonne, as well as a sailing reconstruction of the Ma‘agan Mikhael ship.

The harbours section includes articles on areas from the Levant to Seville looking at a variety of harbour defence systems and dockyards dating from the Hellenistic period to the 12th century AD.

Articles in the third section on maritime cultural landscapes combine data sets to examine human interactions with the sea: navigation from the perspectives of the accounts of early geographers, the skills required by the earliest sailors, and the contextual reconstruction of sea routes; coastal survey and resource use; and geoarchaeological evidence used to analyse the choice of harbour location.

This book will be of interest to students and archaeologists researching the Mediterranean region, and all interested in a wide range of recent advances in maritime archaeology.


The Arduous Voyage of Underwater Research on the LBA Shipwreck off Modi Islet
Christos Agouridis and Myrto Michalis

The Mazotos Shipwreck, Cyprus: a preliminary analysis of the amphora stowage system
Stella Demesticha

Final Report on the Remains of Four Vessels Found in the Ancient Harbour of Naples, Italy Dating to the Late 2nd Century BC and the Late 2nd–Late 3rd Century AD
Giulia Boetto, Pierre Poveda, and Chiara Zazzaro

The Mandirac 1 Shipwreck, Narbonne, France
Marie-Pierre Jézégou, Patrick Andersch Goodfellow, Jonathan Letuppe, and Corinne Sanchez

A Late-12th-Century Byzantine Shipwreck in the Port of Rhodes: a preliminary report
George Koutsouflakis and Eric Rieth

The Construction of the Ma‘agan Mikhael II Ship
Deborah Cvikel and Avner Hillman


Patara’s Harbour: new evidence and an overview of the sequence of harbour-related defence systems
Erkan Dündar and Mustafa Koçak

The Harbour(s) of Ancient Torone; the search for their location and reflections on Honor Frost’s hypothesis concerning shipbuilding in the area
J. Lea Beness, and Tom Hillard

The Hellenistic–Early Roman Harbour of Akko: preliminary finds from the archaeological excavations at the foot of the seawall, 2008–2014
Jacob Sharvit, Bridget Buxton, and Alexandra Ratzlaff

The Submerged Monumental Complex of the Roman Harbour of Fossae Marianae, Gulf of Fos, France: an overview of preliminary results
Souen Fontaine, Mourad El-Amouri, Frédéric Marty, and Corinne Rousse

The First Marine Structures Reported from Roman/Byzantine Ashkelon, Israel: do they solve the enigma of the city’s harbour?
Ehud Galili, Baruch Rosen, Asaf Oron, and Elisabetta Boaretto

Fortified Crusader Harbours of the Syro-Lebanese-Palestinian Coast
Patricia Antaki-Masson

The Port of Ishbiliyya and its Shipsheds: transformations of the Guadalquivir River and the port of Seville during the Islamic period with an introduction to the 12th-century Almohad dockyard
Carlos Cabrera Tejedor, and Fernando Amores Carredano

Maritime cultural landscapes

Mariners, Maritime Connectivity, and the Ritual of Sea Travel in Early Neolithic Cyprus
Duncan Howitt-Marshall

The Effects of Coastline and River Changes on Anchorages, Harbours, and Habitation Patterns: the case of Akko
M. Artzy, C. Morhange, H. Jol, G.I. López, A. Abu-Hamid, Y. Salmon, and A.K. Killebrew

Aegean Navigation and the Shipwrecks of Fournoi: the archipelago in context
Peter Campbell and George Koutsouflakis

Istros, Black Sea Coast, Romania: a geoarchaeological perspective on the location of the harbour(s)
A. Bivolaru, V. Bottez, A. Asăndulesei, A. Vladu, T. Sava, M. Giaime, and C. Morhange

Navigating Perceptions: mariners and geographers of the Roman Levant
Carmen Obied

The Rock-Cut Shoreline Features of Dana Island and the Maritime Landscape of the Taşucu Gulf, Rough Cilicia
Michael R. Jones


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