November/December 2014

Malta-Phoenician-ShipwreckMALTA: About a mile off Gozo Island, in 400 feet of water, researchers have found and examined what might be the oldest shipwreck in the central Mediterranean—a 50-foot-long trading vessel packed with 50 diverse amphoras and 20 grinding stones. The cargo dates to around 700 B.C., when Phoenicians traded across the Mediterranean, and Malta represented an important stop on long sea voyages.—SAMIR S. PATEL