Near East Though It Is

According to Bachhuber, the Myceaen Agean presence on the Uluburun ship pointed out an important connection between the Semetic and Aegean civilizations (Bachhuber). In addition to the Agean-Semetic connection, materials on the ship also came from Africa, including African woods like Ebony, Elephant tusks, and hippopotamus teeth, which were counted among the rarer items in the findings. Finally, tests of the raw copper found on the ship suggested that some of the material came from as far as Europe, especially Spain (University of Texas). This confirms that the trade routes in the Levant were not only as extensive as previously assumed, but a considerable degree further.

The implications about trade that can be drawn from the artifacts found on the Ulburun are not restricted to simple economics. Instead, the artifacts also allow for important social implications. According to the University of Texas, the wrecks anchors allowed scholars to assume that the ship came from Syria, but remains of Mycenaen travelers were also found among the wreckage. These finds are evidence of the fact that the two cultures were mixing socially, traveling together on the ship.

In addition to trade and social implications, relics from the ship also suggest the ships date. Egyptian artifacts on board allowed archeologists to determine an approximate date of the wreck. Artifacts bearing the names Nefertiti and Thutmose I allowed scholars to compare the names to the Egyptians meticulous record keeping regarding kings (University of Texas).

Additionally, these Egyptian artifacts appeared as if they had been around for some time before they were traded on the ship. This allows scholars to determine the amount of time between the objects origin and the time they were placed on the ship. Other artifacts, such as pottery, were analyzed against the designs typically used during the Bronze Age. The pottery exhibited features of the more complex designs common in the second half of the Bronze Age (Pulak).

For centuries, the Levant has been of interest to archeologists and religious scholars. Both are interested in determining what implications life in during the Bronze Age has for history, religion, and politics. The wreck of the Uluburun allowed all of these scholars to have a closer glimpse at life during the era. With implications for trade, social aspects of the era, and chronology, the items found on the Uluburun continue to bring scholars closer to an understanding of the area and culture.

Works Cited

Bachhuber, Christoph Stephen. 2004. Aspects of Late Helladic Sea Trade. Texas a&M.

University of Texas.

Pulak, Cemal. Dendrochronological Dating of the Uluburun. n.d. Bodrum.

Unknown. Major Trade Routs. 2007.

Unknown. Uluburun: View the Artifacts. n.d.


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