37 Byzantine shipwrecks discovered in Istanbul

37 Byzantine shipwrecks discovered in Istanbul

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During the construction of a Marmaray Turkish metro project, remains of 37 sunken ships have been found, in the Yenikapi neighborhood, in Istanbul. This discovery, according to specialists, could reveal a lot of information about the ancient techniques used for the construction of ships.

Professor Ufuk Kocabas, attached to the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the University of Istanbul, assured that the investigations will continue after the excavations in Yenikapi are finished.

He also confirmed that the Istanbul Archaeological Museum teams are carrying out an arduous task of documentation as well as the protection of thousands of artifacts that were collected during the excavations carried out.

The work for the conservation of at least 27 of the 37 shipwrecks It was being carried out at a good pace and you do not want to miss any of them since it is one of the most important finds found in Yenikapi, which belong to different times and can reveal many of the techniques used in the construction of both ancient ships like even ports.

He confirmed that recently obtained data shows that the boats found belong to the Byzantine period, that is, between the 5th and 7th centuries, and that they were made with trees such as cypresses and pines, while those of the 9th and 11th centuries were more resistant, made with oak and chestnut wood.

This shows a remarkable change regarding the naval industry at that time, demonstrating the evolution achieved in a short period of time, historically speaking, although it made it clear that many years are needed to work on what is considered as the anatomy of a ship. boat and it is not exactly a simple job but quite the opposite. "This time we need help because there is a lot of work”, He pointed.

Kocabas confirmed that work was being done on the creation of a detailed map where the Byzantine trade of that time was shown as well as the different products and location of the main ports, with the intention of launching 20 academic books about all the finds made to date in this area, in order to create the largest museum of shipwrecks of the world in Istanbul and to understand the development of ship production technologies in the Mediterranean, something that will be very useful for the creation of the future museum and to offer first-hand information to all its visitors.

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