Olives were dietary staple of 2,300-year-old ship’s crew
Published on August 16th, 2010 | by Admin1
Stella Demesticha of the University of Cyprus said Thursday that hundreds of olive pits found at the wreck indicate the fruit was a likely a staple of the crew’s diet at a time when sailors mostly were limited to dried foods.
The vessel’s sand-buried hull was found in 2007 at a depth of 45 metres (150 feet) just off the southern coastal village of Mazotos.
It was carrying hundreds of wine amphorae — or large terra-cotta vases — from Chios and other Aegean Sea islands.
Demesticha said lead rods forming part of an anchor also were found where the ship’s bow is thought to be.