Rare Byzantine plates found off coast of southern Turkey
Turkish archaeologists have discovered a rare set of ancient plates off the coast of Adrasan village in the southwestern Turkish province of Antalya.
The plates date back to the late Byzantine period, and will be displayed in Antalya Museum after preservation work is completed in the museum's labs.
Academics have said that the plates were loaded onto the ship from two different workshops sometime during the 12th century, noting that they were made using two different techniques.
"This shows us that dinnerware existed 900 years ago," Assistant Professor Hakan Öniz was quoted as saying and added that there are other examples of submerged plate sets off Antalya and Mersin coasts, but are located much deeper in the sea.
Source: Daily Sabah [September 06, 2016]