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Sadana Island Shipwreck Project
A four-armed grapnel anchor is one of three that mark the ship's bow.
Off Egypt's Red Sea coast, a team from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities excavates an Ottoman-period shipwreck once brimming with coffee, spices and Chinese export porcelain, now home to exotic fish and coral. This immense, mysterious ship lies more than 100 feet beneath the sea and has surprised scholars with new evidence for international trade and contact in the western Indian Ocean.

The wreck, located during a 1994 shipwreck survey, is INA's first excavation in Egypt. Founded by Dr. Cheryl Ward and Douglas Haldane, INA-Egypt's mission is the exploration and preservation of Egypt's maritime heritage. Egyptian and American conservators in the Alexandria Laboratory for the Conservation of Submerged Antiquities, a joint project of INA-Egypt and Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), work together to preserve the thousands of objects diving archaeologists retrieve from the sea. In 1998, INA-Egypt returned for a final excavation season at Sadana Island.

Cheryl Ward
Dept. of Anthropology
G24 Bellamy
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2150
tel. 1.850.644.4281

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