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Luxury good recovered from Antikythera shipwreck

A variety of luxury goods, including intact amphora and a bone flute, have been recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck. Archaeologists excavating the famous ancient Greek shipwreck that yielded the Antikythera mechanism have recovered more than 50 items including a bronze armrest (possibly part of a throne), remains of a bone flute,

Roman rubbish dump gives clues to ancient trading networks

Archaeologists examining the millions of shards of Roman amphorae found at Monte Testaccio are finding clues to the extent and sophistication of trade in the Mediterranean. Monte Testaccio is an artificial hill in the centre of Rome that is made up of an estimated 25 million shards of broken amphorae, many

Phoenician artifacts found off Malta coast

50 Phoenician amphorae and 20 grinding stones have been found in a shipwreck off the coast of Malta's Gozo Island. University of Malta researcher Timothy Gambin said Monday the 20 grinding stones and 50 amphorae from the ship date back to around 700 B.C. Experts hope to find parts of the ship

Wine cellar with Greek amphorae found in Bulgaria

30 amphorae dating back to the 5th century B.C. have been found in a wine cellar in the town of Nesebar. The ancient amphorae warehouse was dug in deep into the ground along the northern coast of the peninsula, which preserved it from the encroachment of time and the following cultural

Ancient Greek food trade identified through DNA analysis

Researchers performing DNA analysis on Greek amphorae have been able to determine the contents, shedding some light on ancient food trade. During the fifth through third centuries B.C., the Mediterranean and Black seas were major thoroughfares for ships loaded with thousands of curvaceous jars known as amphorae, thought from their shape

DNA-based method developed to identify contents of amphorae

Researchers are now using a DNA-based method to determine the contents of ancient amphorae. Shipwrecks and other sites have yielded plenty of intact amphorae. Maddeningly, nearly all are empty, devoid of obvious clues to what they once held. Researchers have scraped bits of ceramic from the vessel's interior to look for

Greek amphora unearthed at Israeli fortress

A greek amphora from the Greek isle of Lesbos has been found in the ancient fortress of Tel Qudadi in Tel Aviv. The find is the earliest known example to date of Lesbian ceramic work in the Mediterranean. What remains a mystery, the researchers say, is how the Lesbian amphora arrived at Tel

Mediterranean shipwreck sheds light on ancient trade

A 4th century wreck found in the Mediterranean is shedding light on ancient sea routes and trade. The remains of a merchant vessel, full of amphoras that probably had been filled with wine, were discovered in 2006 on the seafloor south of the island of Cyprus. A team has been