Traces of 19th century shipwreck found on the coast of Israel


30/11/2012

Archaeologists have discovered the wreckage of the four warships 19th century, and possibly traces of ancient harbor on the coast of Israel.

The fleet has been found in the ancient port of Acre, who was one of the main ports of the Mediterranean in the Hellenistic period (300-00 in BC. E.). The new finding suggests the possible existence of even more ancient traces of shipwrecks, escapes from the archaeologists.

"I am very interested in this find - well-preserved example of an ancient warship with many decorative elements of the Hellenistic period," - said Bridget Buxton (Bridget Buxton), an archaeologist from the University of Rhode Island. "These ships were part of an incredible technology, but we know nothing about their design, since there are no bodies were found. Nevertheless, the combination of the unusual environment and a number of historical figures leads us to believe that we have the chance to discover the frame One of these vessels on the northern coast of Israel. "

The team found four warships in 2011, using sound waves to study the ocean floor in the port of Acre, on the northern coast of Israel. The city was a major port since ancient times. After several storms flushed sediment under which kept the ship, Israeli archaeologists managed to look inside one of the ships of 32 meters in length. Wood used as building material for the ship, as shown by laboratory analysis, were brought from Turkey.

Researchers believe that these vessels were part of the Egyptian fleet, which sank during the Egyptian-Ottoman War, when Admiral Osman Bey tried to conquer the city of Acre in 1831.

In the process of exploring the area, a group of archaeologists also found the remains of masonry Hellenistic period of ancient pottery and stone jetty. "We had some excerpts of historical records concerning this area during the Hellenistic period, and now we have found out one very important detail associated with the ancient harbor. Ancient shipwreck is another puzzle that will help us better understand and rewrite the history of the Mediterranean region" - Buxton said in his statement.

Data were presented on November 15 at the annual meeting of the American School of Oriental Research.


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