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Discovery of Ancient Harbour Structures in Calabria, Italy, and Implications for the Interpretation of Nearby Sites


  • Jeffrey G. Royal

    1. Archaeological Director, RPM Nautical Foundation; Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology and Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University; 7009 Shrimp Road, Coral Lagoon #3, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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During underwater survey around Crotone, Calabria, Italy, in 2005, structures from two harbour phases were located, possibly dating from the Archaic Greek and Roman periods. Both harbours are close to the Greek and Roman architectural remains on Capo Colonna, as well as to underwater deposits of large stone blocks and other, previously-excavated sites. With the discovery of these harbour structures, new hypotheses arise for understanding the building-material deposits and excavated sites. A critical component of these hypotheses is the assessment of local geological data, specifically ancient sea-level, in relation to the archaeological record.

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