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Replica of ancient ship launches in Israel

A replica of a 2,400-year-old ship has been christened in Haifa, Israel.

Archaeologists from the University of Haifa dug out the remains of the ancient vessel over the course of three seasons in 1988 and 1989. The ship, a standard sort of cargo vessel at the time, was around 37-feet long and 13-feet wide and was believed to hail from Greece. The well-preserved bottom of the ancient craft was dug out from the sediment that preserved its wooden beams. Ballast from the ship’s hold were determined to be from the Greek island of Euboaea, while other stones were from southern Cyprus. The hull was crafted of Aleppo pine and some other parts of oak.

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Story: Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel | Photo: Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel

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