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NEAF Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 6.30pm 

Due to COVID-19 and current social distancing guidelines, the NEAF AGM will be held by teleconference this year.

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The lecture has been cancelled in accordance with Government COVID-19 policy

The Legacy of the Cape Gelidonya Wreck: Bronze Age Maritime Trade in the Mediterranean

Dr Joseph Lehner

The ship that sank at Cape Gelidonya (Turkey) ca. 1200 BCE is one of only three known wrecks dating to the Late Bronze Age, though this was an era of intensive overseas exchange in the Mediterranean. The cargo on the Cape Gelidonya wreck contained well over 1.2 tons of copper and tin, together with broken bronze tools intended to be remelted and refashioned into useful implements. The ship likely belonged to a tinker traveling a circuit along the coasts of Cyprus, Syria, and southern Anatolia. Newer discoveries at Cape Gelidonya have now shed new light onto this important site, and cutting-edge scientific analyses of the cargo now gives us brand new insight into Bronze Age technologies and trade networks. Even more, we get a view into the life of a maritime metal at the end of the Bronze Age when the famous civilizations and empires of the Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East experienced significant upheaval.

In this lecture, Dr Lehner presents the Cape Gelidonya shipwreck in its cultural and historical context, revealing how maritime cultures and trade in this crucial time period functioned and what new problems now emerge in the study of ancient societies in this dynamic region.

Dr Joseph Lehner is currently an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow at the University of Sydney Department of Archaeology. He codirects research at the Cape Gelidonya shipwreck together with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.


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