Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports vol:9 pages:514-521
This paper presents the latest provenance results of cedar wood (Cedrus sp.) from three ancient watercraft: the
Carnegie boat (Middle Kingdom Egypt), the wrecked merchant ship at Uluburun (Bronze Age Mediterranean),
and the galley comprising the Athlit Ram(HellenisticMediterranean). Comparing the ratios of 87Sr/86Sr of the archaeological
wood and cedar from modern forests has helped augment the existing hypotheses pertaining to
where the wood used in the construction of these vessels originated. The results demonstrate that strontiumisotopic
analysis can provide valuable information to assist wood provenance research in ancient and maritime contexts,
which in turn may elucidate ancient forestry and shipbuilding practices.