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Excavator draws an amphora.
The land around Pisa had marble quarries, according to Strabo, and grew high-quality grain; these products would have been shipped out of its harbors, much of it to Rome. Everything Pisa imported would also have passed through its harbors, from wine and olive oil to frankincense and myrrh. Bruni's work is admittedly in its early stages, and the results are preliminary. Nonetheless, useful details are emerging of trade up and down the west coast of Italy and of shipboard life, a picture that complements and tests what is known from historical sources. In the end, each boat will tell its own story--of a voyage to Pozzuoli to pick up construction materials, of a quick jaunt to Elba long before Napoleon's exile, of a sailor at loose ends carving his mark in the timbers of his ship.
Andrew L. Slayman is a senior editor of ARCHAEOLOGY.
Introduction | Ship A |
Ship B | Ship C | Ship D | Other Ships | A New Museum?