NewsAncient Canaanite shipwreck reveals secrets of maritime trade

Ancient Canaanite shipwreck reveals secrets of maritime trade

At the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, there are still about a hundred such amphorae. They were being transported by a ship that was discovered last year off the coast of Israel.
At the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, there are still about a hundred such amphorae. They were being transported by a ship that was discovered last year off the coast of Israel.
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6:21 PM EDT, June 26, 2024

It was found 56 miles off the coast of Israel. It sank more than three thousand years ago. Finding and conducting initial reconnaissance on the wreck lying 1.1 miles below the water’s surface brings surprising conclusions from scientists.

The underwater find scientists are studying off the coast of Israel is an ancient trading ship from Canaanite. The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA), handling this treasure, has announced the retrieval of the first two amphorae out of hundreds found in the ship’s hold.

The wreck was discovered by accident. A year ago, employees of the Energean-E&P company, which searches for underwater gas deposits, came across it. Sensitive sonars detected it. Now, thanks to sampling devices, scientists can delve into the mystery of ancient sailors.

A ship over 3,000 years old amazes. It changes contemporary knowledge about ancient sailors

This is a fantastic discovery for scientists. Jakob Sharvit from IAA emphasizes that it is one of the oldest maritime units at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to the preliminary examination of the ship's contents, it is already known that it carried mass-produced goods – olive oil, wine, and other agricultural products.

Scientists argue that their analyses revolutionize contemporary understanding of ancient navigation and trade techniques. The findings are evidence of the advanced navigational skills of ancient sailors and their commercial acumen.

Ancient sailors navigated open waters boldly and skillfully. This sheds new light on their navigational abilities and geographical orientation.

– This is a history-changing discovery. Finding so many amphorae on the deck of one ship indicates significant trade connections between their place of origin and ancient lands of the Middle East located along the Mediterranean coast – emphasizes Sharvit.

Scientists are pleased that the vessel's contents have remained practically intact despite the lapse of three thousand years. The ship lies deep at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, so waves, sea currents, or human interference did not damage it.

The Canaanite trading ship from around 3300 years ago must have sunk suddenly. This is evidenced by the complete, intact transport of hundreds of amphorae with various assortments of goods. Scientists will have the chance to examine an “ancient wholesale store” that supplied desirable goods over long distances.

Source: Onet.pl

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