The Carry-Le-Rouet Shipwreck

The ship, carrying a cargo of stoneblocks for construction, ran aground in the second century BC, in the entrance of the harbor of Carry-Le-Rouet. In Antiquity, building materials were an important part of maritime traffic, because conveyance on sea was less expensive than transportation on land. In 1983-84, the ship's cargo was raised and studied. It consisted of 24 monoliths, weighing on average close to a ton, and arranged symmetrically. They originated in the quarries of Ponteau-Lavera (Martigues, Bouches du Rhône).
In order to study their inscriptions, stonemasons' markings, and traces of extraction, the stones were cleared. Several stones had Greek inscriptions, in particular the monograms alpha-rhô and gamma-alpha-rhô.

The same markings can be found on the pink chalk remains of the Hellenic ramparts of Marseilles.


The cargo was recorded using stereo-photography.

Installation of a reference triangle for stereo photographs.

Stereo photographs taken with two Hasselblad cameras mounted on an aluminum base.

The Carry-le-Rouet shipwreck is exhibited at the Museum of the Roman Docks in Marseilles.

Excavation : Luc Long, DRASSM : Photos : Yves Gladu