Fishing Gear from a 7th-Century Shipwreck off Dor, Israel
Version of Record online: 10 APR 2007
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International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 67–76, March 2008
How to Cite
Galili, E. and Rosen, B. (2008), Fishing Gear from a 7th-Century Shipwreck off Dor, Israel. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 37: 67–76. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2007.00146.x
- Issue online: 10 APR 2007
- Version of Record online: 10 APR 2007
The ancient anchorage of Dor, Israel, contains wreck-sites from several periods. Underwater exploration of one Byzantine wreck discovered the remains of a medium-size boat constructed with iron nails. Coin-finds dated it to c.665 AD, after the Muslim conquest. The wreck was probably caused by natural agents, but an event in the Byzantine-Muslim conflict can not be discounted. The artefacts include a group of objects testifying to the practice of light-fishing. Literary sources indicate a prevalence of light-fishing, but archaeological finds are very rare. This discovery clearly indicates light-fishing in late antiquity. A sounding-lead and steelyard can be seen as auxiliary to the fishing.
© 2007 The Authors