Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ancient two-armed anchor

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To open Round 11 of ABC Wednesday here is an ancient two-armed anchor.
It is around 2,100 years old but enlarge the photo and you will still see jujube wood, palm fiber, lead, iron, and bronze.
The anchor was found on the shore of the Dead Sea, north of Ein Gedi.

The Israel Museum says this about it:
In ancient times the Dead Sea was an active sea route, used for the transportation of passengers as well as the agricultural products and natural resources for which the area was famous.
This rare anchor, found on the Dead Sea shore, was made with the best of Hellenistic-Roman technology.
Its size and style suggest that is belonged to a luxurious ship, one that may have been part of the royal fleets of King Alexander Jannaeus or Herod the Great, each of whom built palaces and fortresses near this shore.
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15 comments:

Leslie: said...

Wow! I am impressed! Great post for our first week of Round 11,

Leslie
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Kim, USA said...

Wow that is fantastic! Thanks for sharing Dina!

Kim,USA

Roger Owen Green said...

Now that's a bit of antiquity!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Wanda said...

Could this have been in Peter's boat?? This is so very interesting. Great way to begin our new round.

Sara said...

Ancient luxury ships on the Dead Sea...I wonder how often they had to be scraped and cleaned due to all the salt and chemicals in the water...

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Wow. . . the stories it whispers. . .



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cieldequimper said...

Fascinating again...

Adullamite said...

Fabulous shot. Excellent find.

Birdman said...

I feel this old somedays.

Spiderdama said...

Interesting and impressive!

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VP said...

If this anchor survived the waters of the Dead Sea, it was very well done at the time!

Kay said...

It's fun to imagine what that luxurious ship must have looked like.

chubskulit said...

Antique!

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Reader Wil said...

It's amazing what real treasures there are to be found deep down this sea!

Pat said...

The Dead Sea's salt must have helped preserve this anchor! What a wonderful old find.