L’épave de Bon-Porté et les Bateaux Cousus de Méditerranée

By Patrice Pomey, published August 1981


This article describes a Mediterranean wreck of the the second half of the sixth century B.C., two centuries older than that of Kyrenia. The vessel was no more than twelve metres long, and was laden with amphorae. The planks of its hull were sewn edge to edge, unlike the normal Graeco-Roman practice attested by numerous wrecks. The remains of the Bon-Porté wreck are meticulously described and illustrated. The author concludes that the two traditions of ship-building coexisted in the Mediterranean and that its history is very complex, with whole areas, such as the construction of Phoenician ships, completely unknown.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

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