A stone anchor from the Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia
Cooper, John P.
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Copyright © 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology © 2012 The Nautical Archaeology Society This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cooper, J. P. and Zazzaro, C. (2012), A Stone Anchor from the Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 41: 407–411. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2012.00349.x, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1095-9270.2012.00349.x/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
A large three-holed stone anchor has been found on the Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia, in the southern Red Sea. The anchor was found on land, 2.6 km from the coast, on a fossil-coral plateau alongside the Wadi Matar valley. This short article describes the anchor, contextualises the find in terms of the wider archaeology of the islands, considers its likely date, and looks for typological comparisons. The authors tentatively suggest that the anchor is representative of a local or regional nautical technology, and that it is of pre-Islamic date
Golden Web Foundation
Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust
Vol. 41, Iss. 2, pp. 407 - 411