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Intact 5th century merchant ship found in Istanbul
Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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 it’s home port will be inferred by means of the artefacts found onboard.

(Excerpt) Read more at pasthorizonspr.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ancientnavigation; byzantineempire; byzantium; constantinople; godsgravesglyphs; istanbul; merchantship; navigation; romanempire; turkey; yenikapi
One of the shipwrecks of a fully laden merchant vessel. Image: Yenikapi excavations

Intact 5th century merchant ship found in Istanbul

1 posted on 09/03/2011 12:13:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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http://www.todayszaman.com/news-255175-best-preserved—shipwreck-found-at-istanbuls-yenikapi.html


2 posted on 09/03/2011 12:16:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Neat!


3 posted on 09/03/2011 12:17:06 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 09/03/2011 12:18:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I always maintained it wasn’t lost! Just misplaced.


5 posted on 09/03/2011 12:18:49 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: SunkenCiv
Very cool!
6 posted on 09/03/2011 12:19:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very ool....thanks for posting


7 posted on 09/03/2011 12:23:13 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SunkenCiv
It says the wreck was located 4-5m below sea level. Is this a silted-up harbor or was it an offshore construction site?
8 posted on 09/03/2011 12:34:42 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: WePledge

It’s a construction site, but the whole city sets rather low in elevation.


9 posted on 09/03/2011 1:07:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


10 posted on 09/03/2011 1:07:20 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: WePledge; SunkenCiv

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 Empire’s 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.”


11 posted on 09/03/2011 2:01:40 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

“I always maintained it wasn’t lost! Just misplaced.”

And I have the original UPS tracking number for it. #11.


12 posted on 09/03/2011 2:58:21 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh, that’s where I left it. Thx!


13 posted on 09/03/2011 4:43:50 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: count-your-change

like


14 posted on 09/03/2011 5:32:30 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: SunkenCiv; Antoninus

5th century trade goods


15 posted on 09/03/2011 6:01:52 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: count-your-change

The jars would have floated out, but were filled with cargo.


16 posted on 09/03/2011 6:52:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wildbill

“silted up with alluvium carried by the Lycos”

Google put an end to that.


17 posted on 09/03/2011 6:54:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken; Silentgypsy; eartrumpet

;’)


18 posted on 09/03/2011 7:03:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jet Jaguar; BenLurkin; Sacajaweau; Walkingfeather; afraidfortherepublic

Thanks, it was my pleasure!


19 posted on 09/03/2011 7:03:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
“Istanbul was Constantinople
“Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
“Been a long time gone, Constantinople
“Now it’s Turkish Delight on a moonlit night...”

20 posted on 09/03/2011 7:04:56 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hence, small fry.


21 posted on 09/04/2011 2:06:01 AM PDT by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: SunkenCiv

Muskmellon seeds?


22 posted on 09/04/2011 6:00:15 AM PDT by curmudgeonII (Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The ship was loaded with pickled fry (a type of small fish)

That could quite possibly be anchovies, which the ancient Greeks loved and were preserved with brines.

23 posted on 09/06/2011 2:31:53 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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