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Franck Goddio Newsletter

March 2019

The Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology reveals details of a hitherto unexplored ship from Thonis-Heracleion

Over 70 ancient vessels have been discovered in the sunken port-city of Thonis-Heracleion, Egypt, by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM). That makes it the largest graveyard of ancient ships worldwide. 

Oxford University’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) has now published a book on one of them, a Nile barge (baris) from the Late Period.  This was a particular vessel-type that was described by the Greek Historian Herodotus after he visited Egypt in 450 BC. Only now has a baris been discovered and studied.  

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