David Fabre and Franck Goddio
Thonis-Heracleion, Emporion of Egypt, recent Discoveries and Research Perspectives: the Shipwrecks
Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, Vol. 5:1, 2013, 1-8
... This paper will highlight the discovery of over 60 shipwrecks, dating from the §th to the 2nd centuries BCE, which demonstrate the intense maritim and fluvial activity in this coastal region. Each shipwreck was radiocarbon dated and paleobotanical examination of the structural timbers was carried out in order to access the wood species used in the construction of the vessels. This data constitute an exceptional source of primary evidence to pursue investigations of the development of shipbuilding in the eastern Mediterranean, and of maritime trade and regnional connectivity and finally on the interaction between human society/topography of the town and the natural environment.