Skip to comments.Intact 5th century merchant ship found in Istanbul
Posted on 09/03/2011 12:13:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The excavations started in 2004 at the construction site and reached back 8,500 years into the history of Istanbul. Skeletons, the remains of an early chapel and even footprints, in addition to 35 shipwrecks, have been uncovered by archaeologists so far.
The ship was loaded with pickled fry (a type of small fish) and almonds, walnuts, hazels, muskmelon seeds, olives, peaches and pine cones
The 15 to 16-metre-long, six-metre-wide shipwreck loaded with dozens of amphorae found last May brings new historical data to life. The amphorae differ from previous finds. It is assumed that the ship was completely buried in mud and this oxygen-free atmosphere protected it and its contents from further damage. The ship was loaded with pickled fry (a type of small fish) and almonds, walnuts, hazels, muskmelon seeds, olives, peaches and pine cones were also found on the wreck in incredible condition...
The Yenikapi vessel is one of the best examples of a shipwreck in the world in terms of both the actual structure and the cargo. When the wreck was first discovered, the mud above it was cleared away and the damaged upper layer of amphorae was removed piece by piece, after which the team began removing the undamaged amphorae below them. Once all of the artefacts have been retrieved, the hull of the ship will be given to Istanbul University.
The bronze nails found on the ship give clues about the age of the vessel and makes it an outstanding sample. It is thought that bronze nails were used in ship construction starting in the fourth or fifth century, prior to which they only used wooden pegs. Information about the destination of the ship and perhaps even itâs home port will be inferred by means of the artefacts found onboard.
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I always maintained it wasn’t lost! Just misplaced.
Very ool....thanks for posting
It’s a construction site, but the whole city sets rather low in elevation.
No wonder it sank! How would anything like that stay afloat?
Patch the bottom up and put some sides on it, maybe it’d work.
FRom another article. The site is formerly a fruit and vegetable market which is under construction for a tunnel across the Marmora—but way before that it was a harbor and they have found 34 ships under the mud.
“In fact, Yenipaki was also once the site of the Harbour of Theodosius. Commissioned by Emperor Theodosius I (379-395 AD), it was built to meet the needs of the Eastern Roman Empires rapidly growing new capital, and was one of the most important harbours of the Byzantine period. Though the location of the harbour was already known both from written sources and ancient maps no-one knew its layout, size or exact position. As the new project demonstrates, the Harbour of Theodosius no longer lies on the shore but about 1.5km inland. This is because, over time, the area was silted up with alluvium carried by the Lycos (Bayrampas, a) River, and was then further reclaimed by farming activity and construction in the city.”
“I always maintained it wasnt lost! Just misplaced.”
And I have the original UPS tracking number for it. #11.
Oh, that’s where I left it. Thx!
5th century trade goods
The jars would have floated out, but were filled with cargo.
“silted up with alluvium carried by the Lycos”
Google put an end to that.
Thanks, it was my pleasure!
Hence, small fry.
That could quite possibly be anchovies, which the ancient Greeks loved and were preserved with brines.
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