Gozo Phoenician Shipwreck
School of Archaeology and Maritime Cultures School Seminar, Spring 2023
The Gozo Phoenician Shipwreck
Prof. Timmy Gambin (University of Malta, Department of Classics and Archaeology)
The talk will be followed by a workshop on the coastal heritage of Malta and Israel, hosting Prof. Gambin and Ms. Maja Sausmekat from Heritage Malta, Dr. Shirly Ben-Dor Evian from the Department of Cultural Heritage at Haifa, Mr. Koby Sharvit from the IAA, and Arch. Eran Mordohovich from the IAA and ICOMOS Israel.
The Phoenicians occupied the coast of the Levant for over 1,000 years, but knowledge of their trade network and practices remains elusive. In 2007, an ancient wreck containing a large cache of ceramic containers was discovered off Malta. This ship proved to be one of only a handful of known Phoenician vessels. Since 2014, further exploration of the site has yielded some very exciting results. Project Director Timmy Gambin reveals some of its mysteries, and the challenges of excavating a shipwreck 110m below sea level.