Archaeology Odyssey 2:4, September/October 1999


The world’s oldest book

By Dorit Symington

In 1986, two years into the excavation of the Uluburun shipwreck, the team from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, led by George F. Bass and Cemal Pulak, made one of its most remarkable discoveries. While sifting through the sediment of a large pithos that contained the remains of pomegranates, bronze implements and some ballast stones, they found the world’s oldest book!1

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