At home on board: the Kyrenia ship and the goods of its crew
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Citation (published version)Andrea Berlin. 2019. "At Home on Board: the Kyrenia Ship and the goods of its crew." Daily Life in a Cosmopolitan World: Pottery and Culture in the Hellenistic Period, Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the International Association for Research on Pottery of the Hellenistic Period. Daily Life in a Cosmopolitan World: Pottery and Culture in the Hellenistic Period, Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the International Association for Research on Pottery of the Hellenistic Period. Lyon, 2015-11-05 - 2015-11-08.
The Kyrenia Ship, discovered in 1964 largely intact one mile north of the northern Cypriot town of Kyrenia, is still the best preserved small Greek merchant ship ever found. Its cargo included about 400 amphoras, most from Rhodes along with some from the northern Aegean, Knidos, Samos, and Cyprus, 29 sizeable unused millstones, iron billets, nearly 10,000 almonds, a consignment of small oak logs – and 109 whole and fragmentary vessels that comprised the goods of the crew. The cargo was of course the point: it is the currency of the sea. The goods of the crew are more like small change: portable, available, and functional. But those goods allow us a glimpse of life on board for the ship’s crew. In this short article I present the basic details: how many and what types of vessels were found, what they tell us of the place and date of the ship’s final departure, and what they suggest about the character of the ship’s crew.