Survey of Ancient Greek Harbours

Location: primarily Antalya Province

Years: 1963-1964

Project Director: David Blackman

Summary:

In October 1963, David Blackman undertook travel around the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to explore ancient Greek Harbour sites.  Ten sites were visited, with an aim to check each site against existing descriptions, study any other structures not yet noted or poorly described, and to swim or dive as necessary to examine any submerged remains.  Though at some sites ancient harbour traces could not be identified, he was successful in resolving conflicting accounts of the harbours at Cyzicus, in finding one or two previously unmentioned moles at Erythrae, and in conducting rewarding survey work at Clazomenae and Teos. 

Blackman’s work was continued in June 1964, this time with his wife and visiting sites in Ionia and Caria, specifically.  At the harbour at Myndus (Gümüşluk) he was able to note some previously unmentioned features and was successful in finding remains of jetties and walls at the bay of Taşbükü, as well as remains of a harbour near Datça Iskelesi on the Cnidian Peninsula.  A few other sites were left unvisited due to illness.

Bibliography:

1964: ‘Report of the Council of Management and of the Director for 1963’ Anatolian Studies 14: 11

1965: ‘Report of the Council of Management and of the Director for 1964’ Anatolian Studies 15: 7, 14-15

See also:

Blackman, D. 1982: ‘Ancient Harbours in the Mediterranean, Part 1’ International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 11: 79-104

Blackman, D. 1982: ‘Ancient Harbours in the Mediterranean, Part 2’ International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 11: 185-211

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Archaeology Related Disciplines
Surveys

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