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Anchor stock in stone, one arm missing. A typical separation groove between the two arms is visible.

According to Strabo, the main port of Croton was located by the river Esaro that probably hosted a canal harbour.

Up to now, this artefact is the only indication of the mooring of vessels in the area during the Archaic and Classical ages.

1 For a review of the most known anchor stocks, see GIANFROTTA 1975; Id. 1977 and ID. 1982. On some stone anchor stocks found in Metapontum and Locris (used by devotees during rites), see BOETTO 1997, pp. 51 and ff.



Boetto G. 1997, Ceppi litici “sacri” e culti aniconici a Metaponto e a Locri, in Archeologia Subacquea II, pp. 51-64.

Gianfrotta P.A. 1975, Le ancore votive di Sostrato di Egina e di Faillo di Crotone, in La Parola del Passato, 30, pp. 311-318.

Medaglia S. 2010, Carta archeologica della provincia di Crotone: paesaggi storici e insediamenti nella Calabria centro-orientale dalla Preistoria all’Altomedioevo, Ricerche IV. Collana del Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti, Università della Calabria, Rossano.

MUSAS Ref. No.CAPCOL-18Dimensionsheight cm 90 x width cm 27 x depth cm 17MaterialsSedimentary rockLocationSandpit inside the National Archaeological Museum of Capo Colonna.OriginEsaro riverDatingVII-IV century B.C. (1)Share