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The Vessel I of Mazarrón was excavated in the spring of 1995, inside the context of the 'Nave Fenicia project(from October 1993until June of 1995). In this project it were prospected systematically 72.000 m2 at the Playa de la Isla Mazarrón (Murcia), and it were recovered more than 7.000 fragments of phoenician objects.The remains of the ship wereonly covered for a thin stratum of sand. The wreck was revealed due to the change of currents taken place by the immediate construction of a marine close the wreck.

Hull with frames

During excavations campaign of 1996, numerous fragmentes of phoenician pottery was documented located immediately under the wood of the ship, of which separated them, only, a layer of 4 or 5 cm of sand.

The features of naval construction suggest a date in the first half of the first millennium bce. Groningen University (The Netherlands) framed five samples of wood and algae within in the 7th and 6th centuries bce.

The sum and the crosslink of all these data, with a special reference to the phoenician pottery, contribute to give us a global date of 650 - 600 bce


Phoenician Merchant ship. The maximum dimensions conserved are approx 5.5 metre long and 1.3 metre wide. The recovered remains are: the keel, remains of 9 planks embedded to one of the sides of the keel and remains of 4 frames embedded to the described hull.

Planks and frames during the excavation progress

Construction detailsThe 9 planks are united to each other, and to the keel, by means of the system of mortices and tennons.

Mortice-and-tenon joints between the planks of the hull

Construction details to both sides, the interior as the exterior one, present abundant remains of resin, it looks like it has been covered entirely of resin to waterproof the ship.


The wreck is physically protected in a metal construction. It was monitored in 2007 and 2008.

Monitoring the wreck

East Indiaman

Roman structures