This generous grant, made possible by the legacy from our late friend Honor Frost, will enable Robert Yorke and David Davidson to finalise the plans and drawings of the Hellenistic harbour of Ptolemais, modern Tolmeita and to complete our publication of the harbour site.
This important and almost unspoiled harbour site was surveyed above and below water in 1972 by Robert Yorke, David Davidson and John Little. The interim report and overall plan of the site were presented in 1973 and preliminary publication appeared in 1973 in Libyan Studies, the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology and the Proceedings of the Symposium of the Underwater Association.
The survey archive includes material for at least ten detailed plans of the Ptolemais harbour installations. These provide evidence of quays, jetties and road structures, now underwater, and details of a complex of tanks at the centre of the harbour.
The funding will be used to digitise the original plans and to add the fine detail from the contemporary site notes with additional information derived from recent informal visits and other communications. The new plans will show the detail of the block-by-block survey that was carried out at the time, and also the detail of an elaborate array of rock-cut tanks that are believed to be the outline of a unique fish-processing factory. It is anticipated that the final paper will be available for publication in 2015.
Read 2017 Final Report