Alexander Flinder

Phoenician fingerprints. When the ancient Mediterranean world’s great seafaring people undertook a maritime enterprise, they did so in characteristic ways. They typically built or improved a harbor on an island close to a mainland and fortified the entire installation with a wall and embedded towers. Some notable Phoenician harbors in this category, in addition to Jezirat Faraun, are sketched above (they are not drawn to the same scale). Sidon and Tyre are off the coast of Lebanon, Arwad is north of Sidon, Atlit is off the coast of Israel and Motya is in west Sicily. The dotted lines indicate the remains of breakwaters.