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Posted on 03/05/2018 8:38:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
History Documentary hosted by Ewan Bailey, published by History Channel in 2012 - English narration
The shipwreck of Mahdia was found by Greek sponge fishermen off the coast of Tunisia in June 1907. The shipwreck near the modern town of Mahdia is dated about the 80s BC, or even later. In a series of underwater campaigns a large number of items were recovered and placed on display at the Musée National du Bardo, Tunis. The greater parts of the sculptures were salvaged between 1907 and 1913 by French archaeologist Alfred Merlin, at that time Director of Antiquities in the Protectorate of Tunisia. Further survey work on the site was done by a team led by Mensun Bound, but unfortunately no further excavations have been possible.
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This is a little unusual -- this documentary popped up on Roku, I started to watch it from under a cozy blanket, nodded off, woke up three hours sater, replayed it to the last point I'd remembered, and listened to it from the next room as I hunted up information about it.
At some point in the Late Hellenistic period, an ancient marble carrier sank off the western coast of Asia Minor near the promontory now called Kizilburun. The ship had set out from Proconnesos island laden with a freshly quarried cargo of architectural parts intended for the Temple of Apollo at Claros, but the vessel sank before reaching its destination. The remains of the shipwrecked cargo, discovered in 1993 and under excavation since 2005, include a Doric capital and eight column drums with an estimated total weight of at least 50 tons. isotopic and metrological data indicate Proconnesos as the source of the marble and Claros as the destination of the unfinished column found in the Kizilburun shipwreck. The discovery provides a unique snapshot of quarrying processes, long-distance transport by sea, and monumental construction in marble in Late Hellenistic Asia Minor. -- Field Report, Deborah Carlson and William Aylward, American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 114, No. 1 (January 2010), pp. 145159 The Kizilburun Shipwreck and the Temple of Apollo at Claros
I think that the author meant to write, "or even earlier."
:’) It’s amazing that the wreck was systematically excavated using sponge divers, who were capable of operating at 40 meters, without anything like what we’d consider modern equipment.
Hey, they named a documentary after you :-)
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
I wonder how deep the water was and how did they bring things up?
At least he isn’t knelling!
the diver finding the item held it in his hands, and was hauled back up with a rope. :^)
Depth was over 100 feet. Operating day after day.
Most people who do scuba diving today don’t go to those depths 99% of the time.
And when ISIS takes over Tunisia, they will destroy the statuary as blasphemy.
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