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More finds from Bronze Age ship.

More finds from Bronze Age ship

A Bronze Age shipwreck discovered off a rocky cape in southern Turkey more than four years ago (SN: 12/8/84, p. 359) continues to yield important artifacts. The trading vessel, probably of the Canaanite culture, sank around 1600 B.C.

Last summer's expedition to the oldest known shipwreck uncovered two new types of copper ingots, once used to shape bronze tools and weapons, says expedition codirector George F. Bass of Texas A&M University in College Station. One of the ingot styles, with two handles, is portrayed in ancient Egyptian wall paintings of metal working, Bass notes. The other ingot is shaped like a dog biscuit and does not resemble any other Bronze Age ingots found in the Mediterranean.

Other finds last summer include: an ivory wand, slightly larger than a pencil, the purpose of which is unknown; two scarabs apparently from northern Syria; a gold pendant the size of a man's hand; and a cache of Syrian pottery.

A form of resin previously found in jars on the ship was probably imported from Syria to Egypt for use as incense in religious rituals, Bass says.
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Title Annotation:shipwreck discovered four years ago off southern Turkey
Author:Bower, Bruce
Publication:Science News
Date:Jan 21, 1989
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