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The Porticello Shipwreck: A Mediterranean Merchant Vessel of 415-385 B.C (Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series)

Cynthia Jones Eiseman

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ISBN 10: 0890962448 / ISBN 13: 9780890962442
Published by Texas A&M University Press, 1987
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Porticello Shipwreck: A Mediterranean ...

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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The Porticello Shipwreck provides unique information on seafaring technologies and trade practices at the turn of the fifth century B.C.

This volume is the final report of the excavation, including detailed analyses of the ship and its contents and a thorough catalog of artifacts associated with the shipwreck. The Porticello wreck documents for the Classical period aspects of anchor, sail, and hull construction. The cargo provides the earliest evidence for maritime trade in ink and the export of Athenian lead to the Mediterranean, and the cargo of amphoras is the largest assemblage of Greek and Punic amphoras from a shipwreck site.

Of particular importance are the fragments of bronze Greek sculpture of the Classical period, which include a strikingly realistic bearded head. These pieces strongly suggest that techniques of Classical Greek bronze casting were much more varied and complex than art historians previously has though possible.

The information in this book will be of great value to students of Classical Greek archaeology, sculpture, and economics as well as those interested in ancient maritime history.


"The report has certainly stood the test of time for its excellent drawings, photographs, and tables, as well as its clear discussions and analysis. Still a model publication, the Porticello report offers a view of how archaeologists approach underwater cultural heritage at risk: through careful excavation, analysis, and dissemination." --Elizabeth S./i>--Elizabeth S. Greene"International Journal of Maritime History" (05/05/2014)

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