THE WRECK OF THE PALUD

The Palud rests at a depth of six to eight meters at the landing of Port-Cros, at the foot of a dangerous rock barrier which was probably the cause of the ship's sinking.
The ship dates to the sixth century AD. Since shipwrecks from that period are rare, the site is crucial in furthering our knowledge of commerce in the Western Mediterranean during the transition from late Antiquity to the High Middle Ages.

The cargo mainly comprised large cylindrical African amphoras with Early Christian graffiti.

Eastern amphoras from Syria and Palestine completed the cargo. Also found were two African sigillated plates, some fragments of common pottery, and a casket.

The site during excavation, numbering the amphora fragments layer by layer.

Raising of the first layer of amphoras.



Engraved potencée cross...



... on the neck of an African amphora.

Precision balance casket, balance scale with "money" weights and Imperial effigy.

Excavation : Luc Long (DRASSM)

Photos : Denis Metzger (DRASSM) and Philippe Foliot (CNRS/CCJ).