Serçe Limani: An Eleventh-Century Shipwreck, Volume 1: The Ship and Its Anchorage, Crew, and Passengers (Nautical Archaeology Series)

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For almost a millennium, a modest wooden ship lay underwater off the coast of Serçe Limani, Turkey, filled with evidence of trade and objects of daily life. The ship, now excavated by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, trafficked in both the Byzantine and Islamic worlds of its time.

The ship is known as “the Glass Wreck” because its cargo included three metric tons of glass cullet, including broken Islamic vessels, and eighty pieces of intact glassware. In addition, it held glazed Islamic bowls, red-ware cooking vessels, copper cauldrons and buckets, wine amphoras, weapons, tools, jewelry, fishing gear, remnants of meals, coins, scales and weights, and more.

This first volume of the complete site report introduces the discovery, the methods of its excavation, and the conservation of its artifacts. Chapters cover the details of the ship, its contents, the probable personal possessions of the crew, and the picture of daily shipboard life that can be drawn from the discoveries.

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GEORGE F. BASS headed this research team, which is based out of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University in College Station.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction and explanations 3
2 The region of Serce Limani in classical times 13
3 The region of Serce Limani in Byzantine times 21
4 An archaeological history of the anchorage 31
5 Discovery, excavation, and conservation 49
6 Introduction to ship studies 73
7 Recording the hull 75
8 The hull remains 81
9 Reconstruction, reassembly, and display 123
10 Construction and analysis of the vessel 153
11 Evidence for the rig of the Serce Limani ship 171
12 The anchors 189
13 Ballast distribution and weight 241
14 The querns 255
15 The ship, its lading, and its living spaces 265
16 Personal effects 275
17 Jewelry 289
18 Tools 297
19 The gaming pieces 329
20 Metal vessels 345
21 The weapons 363
22 Fishing gear 399
23 The padlocks 437
24 Lead-isotope analyses of glass, glazes, and some metal artifacts 453
25 Faunal remains 471
26 Plant remains 495
App. A Shipbuilding glossary 515
App. B Concordance of lot numbers and grid areas of site 519
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