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.