Monday, June 10

First day of the 2013 excavation season at Gnalić.  The first participants started arriving and preparing for an eight week campaign at the site of the Gnalić shipwreck, discovered by sport divers in the early 1960s and studied successively by archaeologists under the direction of Ksenija Radulić and Sofija and Ivo Petricioli, in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  In the 1990s, this site was visited by archaeologists again under the direction of Zdenko Brusić, whose team continued the work on the archaeological remains of a large ship dated to the late 16th century. Lying at a depth between 24 and 29 meters near Gnalić Island at the entrance of the Pašman channel, this ship is the Gagliana grossa, an Ottoman merchant ship lost in 1583 near Biograd na Moru, carrying a consignment of glass panes for sultan Mudar III’s palace.  Departing from Venice perhaps too late in the fall, this ship carried an assortment of glass vessels, mirrors, window panes, brass chandeliers, silk, cotton shirts, shaving razors, pins, needles, candle snuffers, brass bells, and spectacles, along with raw materials such as cinnabar, lead carbonate, mercury, antimony, sulfur, brass wire, and brass sheet. The Gnalić Project is an interdisciplinary project promoted by the Municipality of Biograd na Moru and launched by the University of Zadar, Texas A&M University, and the Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Cities.  It is also supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the Homeland Museum of Biograd, the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A&M University, the Institute of Art History – Center Cvito Fisković in Split, the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar, the Faculty of Electronic Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb, the National Museum in Zadar, the Croatian Historical Institute in Zagreb, the University of Split’s Department of Conservation and Ruđer Bošković Institute’s Division for Marine and Environmental Research, the Polytechnic University of delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, the University of Patras – Department of Geology in Greece, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Marseilles, both through the Musée de la Marine and the Laboratory of Sciences of Information and Systems, and the Museo della Marineria di Cesenatico, Italy.

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