Sunken ships found in Mediterranean

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Add Date : 17.08.2011 11:20

Sunken ships found in Mediterranean


Two sunken ships, discovered in the Mediterranean, were carrying roof tiling and amphora thought to be from the Byzantine or the late Roman period. DHA photo
Two sunken ships have been discovered offshore near Kalkan in the Mediterranean province of Antalya’s Kaş district.
Güzden Varinlioğlu, who is leading a project called Documenting Underwater Heritage, said the two ships were found 400 meters offshore during a dive for the undertaking. One ship was carrying roof tiling while the other was loaded with amphora, she added.
The ship with amphora is thought to be from the Byzantine period while the other one may be from the Byzantine or the late Roman period, according to Varinlioğlu.
She said the discoveries were photographed and documented with sketches. “A very detailed surface survey should be done. We should know what exists on every shore so that research and excavation works can be carried out,” she added.
Speaking to members of the press, Hacettepe University Archaeology Department doctoral student Emrah Üçgöroğlu said Turkey’s shores were very rich in underwater heritage but were not well-documented. He said that they were attempting to fill this gap,
The project is being carried out by the Underwater Research Society, and the Middle East Technical University Underwater Society. KAŞ - Anatolia News Agency