‘Atiqot 87 (2016)
Late Ptolemaic Assemblages of Metal Artifacts and Bronze Coins Recovered off the Coast of ‘Atlit
Ehud Galili, Danny Syon, Gerald Finkielsztejn, Varda Sussman and Guy D. Stiebel
Keywords: Mediterranean coast, maritime archaeology, ship cargo, weight system, administration, measurements, numismatics, epigraphy, war ship, merchant ship, stamps, devices
Artifacts uncovered during underwater excavations and surveys in the northern bay of ‘Atlit were assigned to seven assemblages dating to the Hellenistic period. The finds include a ship’s prow, a battering ram, a horse bridle and bit, bronze coins, square lead scale weights, lead pyramidal fishing sinkers, a bronze oil lamp and a lead sling shot. Some of the scale weights are inscribed and dated; most of the lead pyramidal fishing sinkers relate to a weight standard common in northern Phoenicia. It is assumed that several or all of the finds originated in the same wreckage event, possibly the consequence of a military campaign, connected with the Ptolemaic operation in the region.
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