Our first Open Access Grant has been awarded to Maayan Cohen for the publication of ‘Maʻagan Mikhael B, Israel: a preliminary report of a Late Byzantine–early Islamic period shipwreck’ in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.
The Maʻagan Mikhael B shipwreck was found in 1.5m of water, beneath 1.5m of sand, 70m off the Mediterranean coast of Israel. The hull remains are in a good state of preservation, comprising the endposts, aprons, framing timbers, hull planks, stringers, and bulkheads. The finds comprise rigging elements, wooden artefacts, organic finds, animal bones, glassware, coins, bricks, stones, ceramic sherds, and complete amphoras. The shipwreck was dated to the 7th–8th centuries AD; which makes it an exceptional source of information regarding various aspects of ship construction, seamanship, and seafaring in the area in Late Antiquity.
Maayan explained the importance of publishing this work as an Open Access publication “We believe that the significance of the Maʻagan Mikhael B shipwreck goes beyond the ‘shell-first’ to ‘frame-based’ transition in Mediterranean ship construction and could improve our knowledge of ceramic typologies of the period, as well as other aspects of economic activity and daily life in the Umayyad and Byzantine Empires. OA of the article would make it possible to reach a wider audience to the topic presented. As a PhD candidate, I am highly motivated to continue my development in the world of underwater archaeology; hence I see great importance in making my research accessible.”
The authors of this publication are Maayan Cohen and Deborah Cvikel.
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