Worlds Oldest Shipwreck Found in Mediterranean
26/05/2019 - 2683 kez okundu.
A ship dating back some 3,600 years has been found off Turkeyâs Mediterranean coast. The shipwreck, found by the Akdeniz University (AU) Underwater Research Center teams, is reported to be oldest in the world.
Antalya Governor MÃ¼nir KaraloÄlu said that the 14-meter-long shipwreck was carrying 1.5 tons of copper ingots. âThis discovery is the GÃ¶beklitepe of underwater archaeology,â he said, referring to the earliest known temple found in Turkeyâs southeast.
A press conference was held about the new discovery on April 8 in the KaleiÃ§i Marina with the participation of KaraloÄlu, AU Rector Professor Mustafa Ãnal, AU Underwater Research Center director associate professor Hakan Ãniz and underwater photographer Tahsin Ceylan.
Ceylan took the underwater images and photographs of the new discovery, which is also called the Bronze Age shipwreck. The shipwreck is estimated to remain off the western coast of Antalya, but its exact place was not revealed to prevent it from being plundered.
Hailing the discovery as a âbreakthrough,â the governor said, âAkdeniz University has an underwater research center in Kemer. As a result of the work carried out by the team headed by Ãniz, we say that it is in the west of Antalya, but we cannot say the exact location at the moment.â
âIf we tell the exact place, unfortunately, it is very likely to be plundered. It is the oldest commercial shipwreck that has ever been discovered according to experts. The oldest shipwreck before this one is the Uluburun shipwreck in Antalyaâs Uluburun. It dates back 1,400 years. The artifacts found there are now on display at the Bodrum Underwater Museum. This one is 200 years older than the Uluburun shipwreck. It dates back to 1,600 B.C. We are talking about a shipwreck from the 1600s. It is 14 meters in length and it has 1.5 tons of copper ingots,â he added.
GÃ¶beklitepe of underwater world
âThis shipwreck is the GÃ¶beklitepe of underwater archaeology. It is very important. We will initiate excavations with the permission of the Culture and Tourism Ministry General Directorate of Museums. We have offered the establishment of a museum to display the artifacts in this ship. I hope that this museum will exhibit the findings to be removed from the ship after their renovation. With this museum, Kemer district will become the center of underwater archaeology and maritime. It is stated that there are many other such wrecks along the Mediterranean coast. As our possibilities grow, we can reach others,â KaraloÄlu said.
GÃ¶beklitepe is the worldâs oldest known temple site in the southeastern province of ÅanlÄ±urfa, with its discovery having been called âgroundbreaking,â as it upended everything humanity has known about ancient history. Likening the shipwreck discovery to GÃ¶beklitepe, KaraloÄlu believes the find in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea will shed fresh light on ancient marine history.
[HH] 50 meters in depth
Ãniz said that within the scope of a five-year project related to the shipwreck, which is 50 meters deep, excavations will be carried out with the participation of international archaeologists.
He said that it was confirmed as part of the underwater research projects that the shipwreck was the worldâs oldest.
âThis wreck was probably caught in a storm on its way from the island of Cyprus to an Aegean region 3,600 years ago. The main load of the shipwreck is copper ingots. The typology of the ingots shows that it is a merchant ship of the 16th century. At the same time, this ship was probably carrying one of the worldâs first and earliest industrial products. With these characteristics, we can say that it is a scientific breakthrough in underwater archeology. Also, the number of shipwrecks discovered along the Mediterranean coast has so far increased to 167,â Ãniz said.