Unusual Late Bronze Age Ship Representations from Tel Akko

By Michal Artzy, published February 1984


The three ships engraved on a Bronze Age altar stone excavated in Tel Akko, northern Israel in 1980 are of the ‘round ship’ class with masts, sails, shrouds, rudders and oars. They show ‘stern fans’ common in antiquity and rare ‘stem fans’. Similar high inward inclined stem posts or fans and higher stern posts are seen on graffiti on the sanctuary stones at Kition (Cyprus). It is suggested that these Akko ships may have been used by other groups of Sea Peoples (wonderers and invaders) than those described by the Egyptians.

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Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

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