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Ancient shipwrecks found off Turkish coast

Work has begun to unearth and exhibit ship remains from different eras that were discovered during an underwater excavation in the ancient town of Limantepe (Greek Klazomenai) on Turkey’s western coast.

Ancient shipwrecks found off Turkish coast
Remains of a vessel dating from the seventh-century B.C.
[Credit: AA]
It has been 13 years since the underwater excavations started in Limantepe, a site that attracted the interest of researchers when they could not initially identify areas in the sea on aerial photographs of the İskele neighborhood in the district of Urla.

Ancient shipwrecks found off Turkish coast
Twenty underwater archaeologists are taking part in the
excavations in Limantepe [Credit: AA]
Twenty underwater archaeologists, under the direction of Professor Hayat Erkanal, are taking part in the excavations in Limantepe, the site of a prehistoric settlement which witnessed humanity’s passage from being hunter-gatherers to farmers. 

Ancient shipwrecks found off Turkish coast
The team has discovered many ship remains from different eras and items
that came out of these ships, which have been desalinated in a 
laboratory in preparation for exhibition [Credit: AA]
Klazomenai or Clazomenae was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia and a member of the Ionian League. It is thought that an earthquake or other cataclysmic event that took place in the sixth-century B.C. submerged the port.

Ancient shipwrecks found off Turkish coast
The unearthed items have to be desalinated before they could be exhibited, 
otherwise items could break to pieces [Credit: AA]
The excavations, coordinated by the Ankara University Underwater Research and Application Center (ANKÜSAM), are continuing on the base of the port that dates back to the seventh-century B.C. Erkanal has reported that they discovered many ship remains from different eras and items that came out of these ships, which have been desalinated in a laboratory in preparation for exhibition. 

Ancient shipwrecks found off Turkish coast
Greek perfume vase in the form of a head of a helmeted
warrior [Credit: AA]
The harbour of ancient Klazomenai encompasses a vast region underwater, meaning excavations are likely to continue in the upcoming years, said Erkanal.

Of the many ship remains found, a vessel from the seventh-century B.C. and an 18th-century Ottoman warship were taken into complete preservation underwater, according to Erkanal. Another ship was also discovered by fishermen 400 meters from the excavation site at a depth of 17 meters.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [August 22, 2013]
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