Ancient anchors found in Israel

Published on September 13th, 2011 | by Admin


Three ancient anchors, two made of iron and one made of stone, have been found by lifeguards at a Bat Yam city beach south of Tel Aviv.

An IAA marine archaeologist confirmed that the find was about 1, 700-1,400 years old, belonging to the Byzantine era.

The anchor’s surprisingly well preserved state was due to it’s having been buried for centuries in the seabed and only being recently uncovered, an IAA statement read.

Following the discovery, other two similar anchors were found nearby, one made of iron and another one made of stone, which archaeologists believe could mark the beach at Bat Yam as an ancient anchorage for Mediterranean sailors.

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Story: Xinhuanet | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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One Response to Ancient anchors found in Israel

  1. Hels says:

    I really hope that within the 1, 700-1,400 year age range, the Byzantine anchors turn out to be from the crusading era. It would be so cool to know that all that shipping action in Jaffa Harbour left some relics.

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