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Keywords:

  • Dor 2001/1;
  • Dor/Tantura lagoon;
  • Byzantine period;
  • transition in construction;
  • frame-based;
  • building stones

Dor 2001/1 was a Byzantine coaster, about 16.9 m long, with an estimated displacement of 50 tonnes, dated to the first third of the 6th century CE, and loaded with building stones. It was excavated over five seasons, recorded under water, and a section of the shipwreck was retrieved and studied on land. The hull construction was based on frames without any type of planking edge-fasteners. It is thus among the earliest frame-based shipwrecks found so far in the Mediterranean. The origin of its construction tradition, with flat frames amidships, hard chine and straight sides, might have been related to a riverine tradition.