Creating and Analyzing a Phoenician Navigational Safety Zone

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How would you use land visibility to map an ancient civilization's navigational safety zone? The Phoenicians excelled at maritime trading, sailing the Mediterranean Sea between 1500 and 300 AD (Markoe 2000). These remarkable seafaring people, credited with spreading the alphabet, occupied small enclaves in port towns that served as their bases of operations both religious and economic. These ports of call defined the Phoenician geographic footprint and grew to include many locations along hundreds of kilometers (km) of the eastern Mediterranean coast. Sailing safely from port to port was essential to the Phoenicians' livelihood. 

Keywords: visibility, landmarks, historic, coastal topography, SpatiaLABS

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