Monday, September 04, 2006


Oldest ship to sink a second time


Turkish Daily News
September 04, 2006

A group of scientists has built an exact replica of a Lydian trade ship found near Kas¸ in Antalya, and will sink it to establish the first archeology park in the world.

The original ship, which sank 3,300 years ago near Uluburun, is the oldest ship found to date. The 360 Degrees Historical Research Study Group, the Kas¸ administrative office and the Kas¸ Municipality jointly built the replica.

Project Coordinator Osman Erkurt said the idea had come from Kas¸ administrative official Nurullah Çakır. “It took us 40 days to build it,” he said, noting that Ankara University, Israel's Haifa University and Texas University had helped them.

The ship, 14 meters long and five meters wide, has attracted a significant amount of attention, he said. “A replica we made for the ‘The Uluburun Shipwreck and 3,000 Years of World Commerce' exhibit in German was visited by 500,000 people during a nine-month run.

Although the project cost only YTL 110,000, we found it difficult to find the money, but the local municipality and governor's office helped us, and we are near to completing it.

As part of Oct. 29, Republic Day, celebrations we will sink the ship 18 meters under water, and it will be used as a school to train underwater archeologists.”

Çakır said foreign academics were closely following the developments, noting that similar projects would be initiated elsewhere around the world once the results of their efforts were published.

“There is also the commercial side of the project due to the huge tourism interest it will generate. Thousands will come here to watch how underwater archeologists operate.” He said they would also be placing replicas of the artifacts found in and around the shipwreck to make it as authentic as possible.

The original Uluburun shipwreck is currently on display at Bodrum Museum.


À excepção do leme e alguns pormenores vélicos, os navios do tempo dos Fenícios e as galés bi-remes e tri-remes descritas por Tucidide na "História da Guerra do Peloponesa" permaneceram quanse inaltaráveis até ao início das descobertas dos portugueses.
Dois mil anos de imobilismo foram quebrados pela arte náutica lusitana, tanto na construção como na navegação orientada pelos astros.
Dieter Dellinger
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