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RO-10557-70

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Michael Katzev (Project Director: 06/01/1970 to present)

Conservation of the Kyrenia Ship 1970

Project to preserve and exhibit the Kyrenia ship and its cargo, which was excavated under H68-0-107, H69-0-145. ABSTRACT: Project to preserve and exhibit the Kyrenia ship and its cargo, which was excavated under H68-0-107, H69-0-145. Dating from a 4th century BC shipwreck near Kyrenia, Cyprus, it represents the finest preserved ship yet recorded from Classical period of Greek civilization. Provides data on the construction and design of Greek ships, for which there are no parallels in history of naval architecture; on history of ancient wine-trade in Mediterranean and yields many Greek artifacts of aesthetic value. Under two former grants, excavation teams of 35-40 archeologists, students and underwater technicians located and raised ship and its cargo to the surface. Found ship's hull remarkably well-preserved, revealing that Greeks used lead sheathing before Romans; earliest example of this found yet. Also found pottery, coins, large cargo of amphoras and grain mills, which led to assumption that ship was wine-trade vessel. Some artifacts were restored for temporary exhibition in Kyrenia and a film was made of excavation which premiered March, 1970. Present grant is to preserve the ship through a chemical process; reconstruct the disassembled pieces and prepare it for permanent exhibit in Kyrenia in state sumilar to the at when excavated. Monograph on entire excavation to be published. Funds for salaries, travel

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Basic Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$13,856 (approved)
$13,856 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1970 – 6/30/1971