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The 5th-Century BC Shipwreck at Tektaş Burnu, Turkey: evidence for the ship's hull from nail concretions



The Tektaş Burnu ship (440–425 BC) sank along a rough and desolate stretch of the Turkish Aegean coast. Archaeological excavation of the shipwreck site by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University resulted in the retrieval of hundreds of small fragments from the ship's wooden hull and its metal fasteners. Recent study of this artefact assemblage suggests that the coastal trader was built with pine planks and made-frames, and assembled by a shell-based construction method. Fasteners include pegged mortise-and-tenon joints and double-clenched copper nails, and the ship may have had laced extremities consistent with other contemporaneous shipwrecks.

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