The Thera Ships – a Re-Analysis

By Thomas C Gillmer, published May 1978


The design and use of a ship’s stern platform, depicted in the c1500 BC Thera fresco, is analysed with various speculations and interpretations being presented.  The discussion also embraces the sailing capabilities of the ship, both to windward and upwind and the number of crew involved.  Although based on speculation and assumption this paper attempts to interpret various aspects of design shown in the only painting, or indeed rational illustration, of an Aegean Bronze Age ship.

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

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