Shipwrecks Essay

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It was for the longest time previously believed that as a result of lack of technology, each ancient civilisation was able to survive through the act of self-sustaining, and would therefore use what they had within their own lands to grow food, build shelters and make whatever weaponry/ other tools they needed. If this had been what actually occurred then it is likely that we would have seen little to no interaction between the civilisations which had existed. However, through constant work and research evidence has appeared to provide us with information that the prior thinking wasn’t right. We generally see answers uncovered through the emergence of shipwrecks within the Mediterranean, which was also expressed by A.J. Parker, who accounted…show more content…
Shipwrecks are significant because they offer something different to what we are given with land sites, shipwreck often occur as a result of incidents with the likes of other ships or its environment, and therefore generally not intentional or have any biases influence what information is recorded, this factor although don’t affect the finding as it still allows us to closely relate the find to the origins of it. Due to the many interpretations which can made, trade has been defined as the movement of goods between the various communities, generally done so for profitable purpose, with exchange being considered as one of the mechanisms which was used to affect such a…show more content…
This is a shipwreck believed to be dated back to the 1st Century BC and provides an example of such trades which took place. Inside of this shipwreck was an estimated cargo of 5,800 – 7,800 Dressel 1B amphora, alongside many fine tableware pottery items and red coarse ware dishes (Greene, 1990). When the artefacts of this excavation were further analysed, it was found that the pots were imprinted with the name of Veveius Papus, a winemaker from the area of Terracina in southern Italy. The fact that these sort of miniscule details were still intact has been able to prove the significance of shipwreck, because had this sort of find been on land then the presence of intact plaster amphora seals, would have been broken and lost (Patterson 1982 :
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