Serçe Limani, Vol 2
The Glass of an Eleventh-Century Shipwreck
Nautical Archaeology - History
9 x 12, 536 pp.
44 color photos. 100 b&w photos. 1000 drawings. 938 line art. 3 maps. 17 site plans. 12 tables. 3 charts.
Pub Date: 07/20/2009
Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series
Price:        $150.00 x


Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Serçe Limani, Vol 2

The Glass of an Eleventh-Century Shipwreck

By George Bass, Berta Lledo, Sheila Matthews, and Robert H. Brill

For almost a millennium, a modest wooden ship lay underwater off the coast of Serçe Limani, Turkey, filled with evidence of trade and objects of daily life. The ship, now excavated by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, trafficked in both the Byzantine and Islamic worlds of its time. Known as "the Glass Wreck," it bore cargo that included three metric tons of glass cullet, including broken Islamic vessels and eighty pieces of intact glassware, along with various artifacts of ship life.

This second volume of the discovery’s investigation focuses on the excavation, conservation, and study of the glass found in the wreckage.

The extensive catalog will be a valuable tool for archaeologists and scholars of Islamic glass and Islamic trade. Further, the systematic methodology and presentation of such a large undertaking will serve as a model for future study across many disciplines.


GEORGE F. BASS, founding president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, is the first person ever to excavate an ancient shipwreck in its entirety on the sea bed.  His numerous awards include the presidentially bewtowed National Medal of Science.  The first volume of his study entitled Serce Limani:  An Eleventh-Century Shipwreck, Vol. 1:  The Ship and Its Anchorage, Crew, and Passengers was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2004.
ROBERT H. BRILL is author of  Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses:  Volumes 1 and 2 and coauthor of Glass and Glassmaking in Ancient Mesopotamia.
BERTA LLEDO is an archaeologist, database manager, and graphic designer on the staff of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology-Turkey.
SHEILA MATTHEWS, a project specialist for the Texas A&M Nautical Archaeology Program and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, was a coauthor of Serce Limani, Volume I.

What Readers Are Saying:

"The result is an intimate and detailed insight into industrial-level production of glass in a single factory, or a small closely related group of factories, in the Levant about 1025 CE. . . Exquisite drawings are supplemented by sufficient black-and-white photographs, and a lush colour section reveals the colours and delicacy of the glass finds. . . The third volume's contribution to our understanding of this part of the ship's story is happily anticipated, but it is abundantly clear that this work will be a much-used reference throughout the medieval Mediterranean world. its authors, and all those who made it possible, deserve sincere congratulations and appreciation for this contribution." -- Cheryl Ward, Coastal Carolina University

"...a comprehensive investigation of the largest known group of glass of that period. In short the publication is a colossal achievement and the detailed study of such a very wide range of forms will ensure that for the foreseeable future it is essential reading for everyone studying small fragments of everyday Islamic glass vessels from land-based sites."--Jennifer Price, Antiquity

“By far the largest published assemblage of Islamic glass of the early-11th century. This is a work of reference of the highest importance for Islamic glass studies.”—Daniel Keller, Nautical Archaeology


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