Si Trova: a Marsala
Lat: 37° 48' 5.041425" N - Long: 12° 25' 36.25946" E
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This museum has been built specifically to house one of the major tourist "attractions" of Marsala: a Punic ship of the mid-third century BC.
Found near Punta d'Alga, it was used during the battle of the Egadi islands, which ended the first Punic war in 241 BC, and is a unique specimen in the world, very important for the study of the Phoenician naval technique.
Probably this ship was a rowing combat one.
The wreck includes the stern part and the port side.
For about 10 meters of length it is constituted by planking, and originally it was covered on the outside by lead sheets.
According to recent studies, the ship had to have a length of 35 meters and a width of 4.80 meters.
It weighed more than 120 tons.
It housed a crew of 68 rowers divided on two sides, which moved 17 oars for each side.
Thanks to written indications it was possible to trace the technique of fast Punic naval construction; which also contributes to making the wreck unique in the world.
In the same room there are objects belonging to the on-board equipment such as ropes, ballast stones, cleaning tools.
The museum also houses finds from the Marsala and Mazara del Vallo area, from Mozia and from the necropolis of Lilibeo.
Annexed to the museum, the archaeological area can also be visited; here there is a roman villa with marvellous mosaics.
The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.
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