Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Oldest Ancient Wooden Anchor

What is probably the oldest example of an ancient wooden anchor dating to around the 7th century BC has been found by archaeologist in the port city of Urla (ancient Liman Tepe) in Turkey. The port served the ancient Greek settlement of Klazomenai but was destroyed in the 6th century BC, by an earthquake most likely. The anchor seems to have a metal-covered crown and is clearly an interesting and important find for maritime and nautical archaeology.

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