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Weegy: Our knowledge of trade objects is best known from ceramics discovered at ports and in shipwrecks, but it is rare that pots themselves were traded objects. More often, it was the contents of the pots that mattered. [ These can be generally divided into three categories: bulk agricultural goods, prestige or status items, and precious metals and currency. Grain imports to Italy from North Africa were crucial to feed an overurbanized Roman population. Maritime Levantine cities with no rural hinterland, such as Tyre, Sidon, and Ashkelon, were also likely to have been regularly supplied with agricultural products by sea as early as the Bronze Age. Wine and olive oil, major regional products of the Mediterranean, were regularly shipped from one area to another. Amphorae containing these two products are ubiquitous feature of excavated shipwrecks from all periods. Their distinctive shapes and occasional inscription help us identify the source, ownership, contents, and destination of the products. Roman-period Italian and Spanish amphorae are found as far afield as England and the Black Sea. Precious objects sent in trade, tribute, or gifts to the elite strata of trading partners were also a regular feature of Mediterranean trade. Finds from the Uluburun shipwreck, for example, included unworked ivory, jewelry of gold, silver, faience, and Baltic amber, glass ingots, a gold chalice, seals, finger cymbals, and Arabian spices. Perishable goods such as exotic foods, wild animals, and fine textiles were probably also common trade commodities, although few are preserved. Precious metals were extremely common trade goods. Bronze Age Egypt had ample quantities of gold but little silver, Mesopotamia the reverse. Trade between the two for these ores predate historical records. The Laurion silver mines provided Athens with a key export in the development of its trade. Oxhide-shaped ingots of copper and tin are regularly found in Bronze Age shipwreck sites and are depicted ... (More)
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