Geoarchaeology of Berenike’s Southwestern harbor

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The auger-hole surveys carried out in Berenike were designed to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the landscape setting of this ancient port through the study of sub-surface sediments and their vertical stratigraphy. This component of the research situated the site within the dynamics of the local landscape and complemented on-going archaeological excavations and was devised as a part of author’s PhD conducted at the University of Oxford (Kotarba-Morley 2015).

The overarching aims of the 2011 augering campaign were: 1) to locate the southern Ptolemaic and early Roman harbor basin of Berenike; 2) to locate the late Roman port; 3) to delineate the boundaries and spatial extent of this/these ancient harbor/s; 4) to demarcate the shape, size, depth and the aspect (including understanding relative sea level [RSL] change) of the port; 5) to understand the sedimentological history of this area, and use the changes in sediment delivery to the site as a proxy for studying environmental changes in Berenike.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBerenike 2010/2011
Subtitle of host publicationReport on two seasons of excavations at Berenike, including a survey in the Eastern Desert and reports on earlier work.
EditorsSteven Sidebotham, Iwona Zych
Place of PublicationWarsaw
PublisherThe University of Warsaw Press
Number of pages50
ISBN (Print)978-83-942288-8-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePCMA Excavation Series


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