The Roman Anchors Found at Nemi

By G. C. Speziale, published November 1931


A continuation of archaeological work addressed by The Mariner’s Mirror in 1929, the article points to clues which prove the vessels discovered were warships not ‘pontoons’ as well as “real floating temples” possibly built by Caligula. The additional discovery of iron anchors some nineteen-hundred years old was a rare find in itself. Though an important and recurring iconographic symbol of the ancient world few technical details of anchors exist. How they were designed and weighted tells us in their own way of the “needs and experiences of life at sea”. Some aspects of their design were more advanced than those employed centuries later.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology

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