Qaitbay Shipwrecks

Just off the monumental site of the Pharos of Alexandria, some ten Greek and Roman shipwrecks were located during investigations conducted at the end of the 1990s. An initial detailed study of three of them has shed light on the history of the trade and exchange that existed between Alexandria and the rest of the Mediterranean. Further evidence of this is provided by the anchors of different types and eras that were published in Alexandria under the Mediterranean, and by the cargos of the sunken vessels. The QB1 shipwreck, dated to the 1st century BC, held a cargo of Italian wine amphorae, which were documented in 2015 and 2016 with the support of the HFF. Other wrecks, such as QB 2, with a cargo of wine amphorae from the island of Rhodes dating to the 2nd century BC, and QB 5, carrying stone for construction sites in the city, await careful examination.


2015 - 2016 Final Report



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