Egadi 4 Specs
- Maximal Length: 93.5
- Maximum Height: 65.6
- Driving Center L (DCL): 83.4
- Head Height (HH): 21.8
- Head Width (HW): 35.6
- Average Inlet Width (IW): 35.5
- Average Inlet Height (IH): 18.2
- Find Location: PW-A
- Inscription: Latin
The Egadi 4 ram was recovered in 2011 in sector PW-A at an approximate depth of 80m. The ram as discovered inverted within a slight depression sitting above an intact, half-buried Greco-Italic amophora. Excavation in the close proximity revealed fist-sized stones, two of which were raised for analysis; 6 additional stones were found within the ram’s cavity. These smooth stones appear intrusive to the region and are of sizes consistent with ballast stones. Three tile fragments, a pottery sherd and an iron nail concretion from the hull were also found within the cavity; being most likely representative of the nesting habits of the local octopus. A small section of the keel was preserved in the forward section of the bottom plate.
The primary damage to the ram was the missing front corner portion on the starboard side of the upper fin; corrosion and marine growth indicating an old break. The straight angle of the break without any associated deformation indicates the corner was cleaved off by direct impact to the head. This kind of sheer break would necessitate a considerable concentrated force such as one occurring in a ram-to-ram collision in which only the top fin of the starboard side bore the initial hit. The port side of the upper fin is deformed upwards, a possible result of contact later in the impact event. This is the second longest ram overall with asymmetrical shape and a significant amount of head flare. A molded decoration and inscription was located on the cowl nosing. All the bronze attachments on the cowl and driving center were preserved to some degree, extending as they do into the interior of the ram. This preservation suggests that the ram must have been deposited on the sea-floor while attached to bow timbers. Remains of wood within the starboard wale pocket and bottom place are also preserved due to the leaching of copper.