Carrie Atkins on underwater finds off of Cyprus, summer 2020

Carrie Atkins on underwater finds off of Cyprus, summer 2020

Several publications are forthcoming that contextualize the ceramics and anchors within Late Bronze Age trade networks. Based on the location of LCIA ceramics (including that of a Tell el-Yahudiyeh juglet) and the location of unfinished anchors, part of the submerged area was likely a terrestrial workshop or storage area while another part was an active LBA anchorage. The Tell el-Yahudiyeh juglet (this style was from Egypt) is the first found within a trade context on Cyprus, as primarily this juglet was found in mortuary assemblages. Work is continuing to compare recording methodologies, in particular identifying cultural remains from the 3D model of the seabed. An MA thesis by Sheri Kapahnke examined sediment movement at the site, employing Optically Stimulated Luminescence as a way to understand whether artefacts were in situ, which is often difficult for researchers to determine in such a dynamic nearshore environment. Funded by SSHRC, National Geographic, the Honor Frost Foundation, and UTM, the project is a success due to the hard work of an international team of collaborators and UofT students, especially Naomi Neufeld (PhD, Classics) and Stepan Popov (undergraduate, UTM).

Tell el-Yahudihey juglet