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Timmy Gambin, (University of Malta) - Exploring the Phoenician Shipwreck off Gozo
When Nov 21, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
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“One day the island was visited by a party of Phoenicians - famous sailors, but greedy rogues - with a whole cargo of trinkets in their black ship.”                                              (Homer, Odyssey XV.415-17)

Homer’s mention a of Phoenician visit set a foundation upon which subsequent writers - both ancient and modern - as well as generations of archaeologists built up the commercial and seafaring prowess of this Levantine people. Literature and terrestrial excavations have provided pieces to an abstract maritime scenarios made up of trade, geography, barter, politics and redistribution. A final and definitive version of archaic Phoenician trade, if such a thing is possible at all, remains elusive at best.

The discovery of an ancient shipwreck is nearly always subject to a degree of interest, but can occasionally tip the scales and cause some excitement. Working off Gozo during a systematic of the seabed what started off as yet another target worthy of verification has turned out to be one of the most exciting underwater finds in recent years. 

In collaboration with a number of international partners and by combining state of the art technologies we have managed to elicit some interesting facts  on the vessel, its cargo and possibly its route. Through this presentation I will share the results of various fieldwork seasons that have been conducted since the site’s discovery in 2007.

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