Bronze-Age Stone Anchors from the Eastern Mediterranean

By Honor Frost, published November 1970

Abstract

Describes the main anchor groups found in the Eastern Mediterranean, showing methods of dating them and highlighting regional differences in design and manufacture, comparing finds from Byblos, Ugarit, and Kition. Frost uses archaeological discoveries of significant numbers of pierced stones to reassess van Nouhuys’s pioneering work, which primarily relied on ethnographic sources. Contrasts the design of warship and merchant vessel anchors, and establishes that Bronze Age merchant vessels were of an equivalent size to Roman merchant ships of Antiquity.

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Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology

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