Mende was famous for its wine. However most amphora's were refilled not with wine but with a gooey black pine tar. A pine tar such as this may have been used to caulk or repair a ship, treat a ships tackle, line transport amphoras for carrying wine, or even flavor wine
The pseudo-Samian amphoras from Tektaş Burnu constitute the bulk of the ships cargo, with an estimated 200 total jars.
Lies at a depth of 125 ft.
Pseudo-Samian amphoras have been found along the eastern coast of Black Sea. Although found all over the Eastern mediteranean, archaeologists did not know where these jars were manufactured. As a result of the 2002 study season, we now have a good idea of where the pseudo-Samian jars from Tektaş Burnu may have been manufactured. Several of the amphoras bear stamps, generally on the neck, on the shoulder, or at the base of a handle. The most revealing stamp is a circle, 2 cm in diameter, framing the Greek letters ERU, located on the neck of the amphora. This monogram recalls the fifth-century coinage of nearby Erythrae. The attribution of pesudo-Samian amphoras to Erythrae is particularly intriguing because so little is known about the Classical city.