Melkarth

Melkarth

 

(also Melkart, Melqart), a god in Phoenician religion and mythology; the patron of Tyre and of navigation. Melkarth was identified with the Greek hero Heracles. The cult of Melkarth required human sacrifices.

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It, in turn, recounts a Carthaginian version of the Argonaut expedition ("Elle disait l'ascension des montagnes d'Ersiphonie, le voyage a Tartessus, et la guerre contre Masisabal pour venger la reine des serpents" [30]), and alludes, more specifically, to the story of Perseus and Medusa ("Puis Salammbo, sans s'arreter, raconta comment Melkarth, apres avoir vaincu Masisabal, mit a la proue du navire sa tete coupee" [31]).
The Melkarth site, which lies almost 3,000 feet beneath the western Mediterranean, was located during Odyssey's ongoing "Cambridge Expedition".
Visible on the Melkarth site are many large ceramic jars, called amphora.
Odyssey plans an archaeological excavation of the Melkarth site as soon as an archaeological plan and research design is approved and financing is secured.