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International Archaeological Reports since 1974

The Morocco Maritime Survey

An archaeological contribution to the history of the Tangier peninsula

Elarbi Erbati and Athena Trakadas
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138pp. Includes 5 tables, 78 maps, plans, drawings and photographs. Appendices including catalogue of finds
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The Morocco Maritime Survey (MMS) was initiated in 2001 in order to investigate the coasts of the Tangier peninsula in northern Morocco. This publication serves as a final report of the project, presenting the survey's findings from the two field seasons(2002-2003), subsequent artefact analyses and overall conclusions. The purpose of the MMS is to investigate the maritime record of Morocco through archaeological survey and historical research. Even though ancient, medieval and historical coastal sites are present, the maritime aspects of these periods remain relatively unknown. The questions for this survey ask: Who was here, and when and where were they present? Are maritime archaeological sites such as shipwrecks and anchorages present? If cultural remains are located, are they related to terrestrial sites, and if so, which ones and how are they linked? Can the survey's findings reveal anything about the logistics and past levels of navigation and maritime-borne exchange in the region?