National Geographic : 1987 Dec
bronze corselets, 3,000 spearheads, and 3,000 bronze swords! And now the gold cup. Although not quite proof of a royal shipment, it strengthened my belief that the ship had been car rying something of the sort. I summed up my feelings to Robin: "This is no tramp steamer we're dealing with." As we cleared away more sand, we found that the cup was shaped like a chalice, formed of two gold cones riveted together at their apexes. Almost touching the chalice was a common My cenaean terra-cotta stemmed cup known as a kylix, which has since proved of greater historical value than the chalice. The date and origin of the chalice remain unknown, but the humble kylix is of a distinctive shape in vogue only at the end of, and shortly after, the reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III, D INING ALFRESCO at their typical Bronze Age fare (right), camp on Ulu Burun, such as round bread loaves, which includes dormi- cheese, chick-peas, garlic,goat, tories and a conservation lab- olives, andfigs. Lead weights oratory, the crew gets a briefing for nets and bronze hooks from Dr. Bass, at far end of (opposite,above) caughtsupper table. Their meals often included for Bronze Age sailors.