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The Athlit Ram was discovered in 1980 at Athlit, Israel. Ramming was a naval tactic in ancient Mediterranean that strikes enemy’s hull using its own ship as a weapon.
The Athlit Ram is dated abound 530 B.C. It was probably equipped on a quadrime (4 banked warship) or a quinauereme (5 banked warship).
All what preserved was a beautiful bronze ram and its internal timbers. This archaeological evidence indicates that the ram and internal timbers were functionally designed to deliver striking force into enemy ship’s hull, yet destructive recoiled impact would be efficiently distributed into longitudinal timbers to prevent own damages.
This 3D model was created to visualize structural functions of the ram and mechanical function of the internal timbers. The model was created in Rhino3D CAD modeling software based on archaeological notes of J. Richard. Steffy, a founder of Ship Reconstruction Laboratory at Texas A&M. .