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Harbours and working boats of the ancient mediterranean

par G. Boetto

Britisch School at Rome, G.E Rickman Lecture :

 Mercredi 17 novembre, 18.00-19.30 CET
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This event will be in English.

Ancient writers and inscriptions, but also reliefs and frescoes introduce evidence for the large variety of boats performing special services in ports of ancient Mediterranean. Gradually, archaeology has also brought new and important contributions. Besides the large number of maritime vessels, from the smallest coaster to the largest cargo ship, the shipwrecks discovered in the port basins have provided us with material evidence that was lacking. Thus, the meticulous study of the ship-remains and comparisons with textual and iconographic evidence, allow us to reconstruct the form, structure, size and gear of different types of service boats. The lecture provides the more recent results on this subject proposing the portraits of lighters, tug-boats, dredgers, dinghies and fishing-boats operating in some ports of Italy (Ostia Portus and Naples) and Southern France (Marseilles and Toulon).