> Origyptian Wrote:
> > ...Note that the
> > galleries are significantly farther inland than
> > the harbor, and it's not clear that an active
> > harbor of that size wouldn't provide an area
> > closer to the water for repairing boats rather
> > than inside such a tight, dark "storage gallery".
> > The fact that Tallet observed different "layers of
> > occupation" might suggest "dwelling" instead of
> > "storage" - note the evidence of fireplaces,
> > ashes, and organic material. This further supports
> > adaption as a possibility.
> Why would it be necessary to place a boat into a
> storage gallery for storage or repair?
> Boats by their very nature are pretty resilient to
One possibility is that the boats stored in the gallery were purely decorative or ceremonial and already disassembled when they arrived at the harbor from elsewhere and were placed in short-term storage in those galleries as they awaited shipment to their final destination. For example, Tallet describes fragments of cedar from Lebanon found in the galleries. Recall that the boats in the two southern pits of G1 are cedar from lebanon. So el-Jarf may have served as a way station for such cargo still in transit.
However, the wood shavings, fragments, etc., that were found in those galleries are a different issue and support the notion of adaption since it's not likely that active seafaring boats used at the harbor were transported into a gallery if they needed to be repaired. Rather, a subsequent culture may have stumbled on those galleries, saw disassembled boats inside, and then proceeded to cut that wood into smaller pieces that were more practical and useful to those occupants. Such smaller pieces could serve as a source for tools, building materials, energy, etc. Recall that Tallet reported evidence of fireplaces, ashes and "organic material" that suggests that those galleries may have been used as dwellings or lodging for passersby/travelers at some point. Unfortunately, Tallet doesn't render a guess at how long a period those observed "layers of occupation" actually occupied that site.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 13-Sep-16 16:49 by Origyptian.