The Quseir shipwreck

The Quseir shipwreck is a recent find in the Red Sea. The ship is believed to have sunk soon after setting sail for India around the turn of the first century. The wreck provides crucial information about the Roman trading routes into the Indian Ocean both towards India itself and down the eastern coast of Africa. The ship was carrying cargo for trade including amphorae filled with wine and olive oil. There were also large quantities of precious metal and coin. The dating of the ship to the first century shows how crucial Augustus’s conquest of Egypt was to establishing the trading route to the east.

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