Courtesy Israel Dept. of Antiquities and Museums/Photo: Danny Friedman

Protruding from the mud, the stern end of the boat’s keel terminates in a notch, called a hook scarf, left. Missing is the sternpost, which originally attached to this wooden locking connection. The sternpost was carefully removed in antiquity for reuse in another boat, just as spare parts today are scavenged from old cars.