Date: circa 500 BC
Era: Greek Classical
Location: Albanian Coast
Cargo: Predominately Corinthian B amphoras
This wrecksite (AB08-AF) is characterized by a scatter of amphoras atop and around a sand mound in an open seafloor area devoid of protruding rock formations in the immediate area. Visibility was poor on each of the visits to the site, hence it was difficult to ascertain an overall view of the site. A video run was made over the site area in order to produce a photo mosaic and, subsequently, a site plan.
The majority of the amphoras were broken and there were numerous sherds scattered about. An intact amphora was noted on the site; its position was recorded and recovered [artifact AB08-0010]. This amphora is a Corinthian B form from the end of the 6th-beginning of the 5th century BCE and similar to other amphora fragments noted on the vessel; accordingly this is the provisional date of the wreck. The broken amphoras on the surface indicate there has been likely damage from drag nets. However, the intact amphoras on the site, as well as amphora mouths protruding from the mound, may indicate a significant cargo deposit below the accumulated sediment.