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The Porticello Shipwreck: A Mediterranean Merchant Vessel of 415-385 B.C.

Eiseman, Cynthia Jones;Ridgway, Brunilde Sismondo

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ISBN 10: 0890962448 / ISBN 13: 9780890962442
Published by Texas A & M, 1987
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Stated First edition.Hardbound in blue cloth with gold lettering on black title block on the spine, 9" x 12", 126 pages. Near fine condition with sharp corners, bright lettering, clean covers, tight binding and very clean and unmarked interior. Well illustrated with drawings and photos. Number two in the Nautical Archaeology series. Bookseller Inventory # 000326

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Title: The Porticello Shipwreck: A Mediterranean ...

Publisher: Texas A & M

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Porticello Shipwreck provides unique information on seafaring technologies and trade practices at the turn of the fifth century B.C.

This volume is the final report of the excavation, including detailed analyses of the ship and its contents and a thorough catalog of artifacts associated with the shipwreck. The Porticello wreck documents for the Classical period aspects of anchor, sail, and hull construction. The cargo provides the earliest evidence for maritime trade in ink and the export of Athenian lead to the Mediterranean, and the cargo of amphoras is the largest assemblage of Greek and Punic amphoras from a shipwreck site.

Of particular importance are the fragments of bronze Greek sculpture of the Classical period, which include a strikingly realistic bearded head. These pieces strongly suggest that techniques of Classical Greek bronze casting were much more varied and complex than art historians previously has though possible.

The information in this book will be of great value to students of Classical Greek archaeology, sculpture, and economics as well as those interested in ancient maritime history. 

About the Author:

Cynthia Jones Eiseman is retired from two careers, classical archaeology and charitable fundraising. She is currently writing a book about Society Hill, Philadelphia. She has lived there since 1972.

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