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The Uluburun ship’s two dozen stone anchors—with the largest weighing almost 500 pounds—are perhaps the best evidence that it hailed from a Levantine port (compare with photo of ox-hide ingot). Virtually unknown in the Aegean, anchors of this type are commonly found off the coast of Israel; they also turn up in secondary use in the walls of temples and tombs in Ugarit, in the Phoenician city of Byblos, and in Cyprus. These anchors were probably made at Tell Abu Hawam and Tel Nami, both on the Mediterranean coast near Haifa, Israel.