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Fragmentary ship model

Cat. No.



7th-6th century B.C. (?)


Achziv eastern cemetery, tomb ZR III


L: 13 cm; W: 7.8 cm; H: 4 cm


Fragmentary terracotta model, light buff ware, scattered traces of red paint on the exterior. 1/3 of length missing.

Accession Number

Reg. no. 70-8491


Dayagi-Mendeles 2002: 155, no. 19, fig. 7.19; Kahanov 2004: 170

Crescent shaped hull with a vertical post, most of which is missing. There are no interior fittings. There are traces of red paint on the exterior. The petrographic analysis showed dense quantities of clay rich in minerals fairly common in most soils of the region. This clay is also common for Cypriot pottery.

Shaft tomb with a rectangular chamber, without a stairway but with two projecting knobs acting as footholds. The rock surface around the entrance was smoothed to form a frame. Finds includes sherds, jewellery (earrings, bracelets, pendants), fibulae, beads, a scarab, and the boat model. The tomb was looted. The scarab is dated to the 7th -6th century B.C.

Dayagi-Mendeles, M. 2002. The Akhziv Cemeteries: the Ben-Dor Excavations, 1941-1944. Jerusalem: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Kahanov, Y. 2004. “Boat Models from Tomb N.1,” in E. Mazar The Phoenician Family Tomb n.1 at the Northern Cemetery of Achziv (10th-6th Centuries BCE). Sam Turner Expedition: Final Report of the Excavations. Cuadernos de Arqueologia Mediterranea 10. Barcelona: Carrera Edició, Publicaciones del Laboratorio de Arqueología, Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona, pp. 167-173.

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