Why amphora vases are pointed at the bottom
June 25, 2015
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Em and I left the beach, with its sexy Russian dancer girls,
and made our way out to the old crusader castle on a
peninsula in the harbor, to visit the Museum of Underwater
And for most of the 10,000 years that maritime trade has been running
across the Meditteranean, amphora vases played a key role, carrying
wine and olive oil and various other commodities across the waters --
and regularly sinking to the bottomof the sea as ships wrecked.
I had never realized they were pointed at the bottom to fit into
rows of crate-like boxes on the inside of ships' hulls, like eggs
in a carton.
That was a good day's work for us, so we celebrated with
fresh-squeezed orange juice in a shaded courtyard.