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The Bronze Age Shipwreck at Ulu Burun: 1986 Campaign

George F. Bass, Cemal Pulak, Dominique Collon and James Weinstein
American Journal of Archaeology
Vol. 93, No. 1 (Jan., 1989), pp. 1-29
DOI: 10.2307/505396
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/505396
Page Count: 29
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The Bronze Age Shipwreck at Ulu Burun: 1986 Campaign
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Abstract

The Institute of Nautical Archaeology in 1986 completed its third excavation campaign at Ulu Burun, near Kaş, Turkey. New finds include a unique gold scarab of Nefertiti that may provide confirmation for a recent theory that she served as coregent sometime during the latter years of Akhenaten's reign; a gold medallion with a nude goddess holding a gazelle in each hand, as well as other typically Canaanite gold medallions; a rock-crystal cylinder seal with gold caps, probably Kassite; an Old Babylonian hematite cylinder seal recut by an Assyrian artisan, perhaps during the Amarna period; and, in a pithos, the earliest known diptych of the type which held wax for writing surfaces. More weights, bronze tools and weapons, pottery, and copper and tin ingots also came to light, as did another faience ram's-head rhyton. At the deeper end of the site, several more stone anchors were uncovered, bringing the known total on board to 12. The site's ultimate contributions to the history of trade, international relations, and technology must await complete excavation and more positive dating. The following report is divided into three sections, on the excavations, the cylinder seals, and the gold scarab.

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