On the Northern coast of the Island of Porquerolles lies a rocky point close to a harborage. Its stormy conditions were the cause of many shipwrecks, and in particular the sinking of four ancient boats:
This vessel from the archaic period transported wine and dishes toward Marseilles. Its cargo contained Ionic and Attic black figure drinking cups, lamps, Attic amphoras, vases, and statuettes. A packet of wine amphoras, principally from Eastern Greece, completed the cargo. The ship dates to the middle of the sixth century BC.
|Ionic bowl, preponderant among the tableware found on board.
The bowls were transported stacked up in crates.
|Greek black figure pottery: eye bowl. Theseus and the Minotaur.|
The over 600 pieces of Attic pottery, dating to 520-510 BC, are essentially Bloesch C bowls. They are sometimes decorated with a medallion motif (gorgon, sphinx, serpent, rooster, lion). There were also eye bowls of various sizes.
Dressel 2/4 amphora from Tarraconaise (Spain).
Photos : Philippe Foliot (CNRS/CCJ), and Luc Long (DRASSM)