Yassi Ada
Volume I, A Seventh-Century Byzantine Shipwreck
Nautical Archaeology
9 x 12, 368 pp.
273 illus., Maps., Tables.
Pub Date: 08/01/1982
Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series
  cloth
Price:        $89.50 s

978-0-89096-063-9

Published by Texas A&M University Press
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Yassi Ada

Volume I, A Seventh-Century Byzantine Shipwreck

By George F. Bass and Frederick H. van Doorninck Jr.

This book forms a final report on the underwater excavations I directed at Yassi Ada, Turkey, during the summers of 1961 through 1964 for the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. The excavation was the first to have been completed on the floor of the Mediterranean of a wreck with substantial hull remains. This pioneering work required the ingenuity, effort, and generosity of many people and institutions.

The seventh- century ship was chosen for primary excavation not only for its lesser depth, which allowed longer working dives, but also because Throckmorton had uncovered traces of its timbers just beneath the sand and because it was more intelligible from the outset: a stack of concreted iron anchors, lying across the cargo at its upper end, suggested the forward part of the ship pointing up the slope, toward Yassi Ada, while a mass of broken terra-cotta tiles and cooking ware suggested the galley—and, presumably, the stern—at the deeper end of the site.

GEORGE F. BASS headed this research team, which is based out of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University in College Station.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Although time and new comparative materials will unquestionably yield additional information, the work completed by the authors and other researchers at Yassi Ada provides us with a better understanding of ancient maritime activities and the Byzantine civilization they helped to build." --The Explorer's Journal

" . . . important contribution to the study of nautical archaeology. . . . The volume, a product of precise, painstaking work, is a mine of factual, interpretative, and bibliographical information on all aspects of the ship and its contents. . . . Historians and archaeologists interested in many facets of nautical archaeology would do well to consult this splendidly produced work." --American Journal of Archaeology

"Yassi Ada I is, quite simply, the finest excavation report ever to appear about an ancient Mediterranean ship. . . . the book has set an impressive standard, not only for subsequent titles in its series, but for other nautical excavation reports as well." --Archaeology

" . . . an unequalled contribution to our knowledge of the daily life of a community of the Byzantine era." --Mariner's Mirror

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