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An Overview of the Underwater Archaeological Evidence for the Maritime Transport of Sculptures in the Ancient Mediterranean

Velentza, Katerina



This paper presents the results of new research on underwater archaeological evidence for the maritime transport of sculptures in the ancient Mediterranean. Through the creation of a Mediterranean-wide database and with a focus on information from surviving archaeological deposits, this study explores ancient Greek and Roman sculptures from under water as a dataset of transported artefacts that had a specific function within the maritime context of their discovery. This documentation, analysis and interpretation of underwater deposits with sculptures provide previously unexplored data regarding the geographical extent, date, reasons and circumstances of maritime movement of sculptural artefacts during Antiquity.


Velentza, K. (2023). An Overview of the Underwater Archaeological Evidence for the Maritime Transport of Sculptures in the Ancient Mediterranean. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 52(1), 80-105.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 11, 2023
Online Publication Date May 9, 2023
Publication Date Jan 1, 2023
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2024
Publicly Available Date Feb 6, 2024
Journal International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Print ISSN 1057-2414
Electronic ISSN 1095-9270
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 1
Pages 80-105
Keywords Sculptures; Underwater deposits; Mediterranean; Antiquity
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