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Work completed on historic sunken Yenikapı ships in Istanbul
Hurriyet Daily News ^ | August 26, 2013 | Anadolu Agency

Posted on 09/01/2013 7:42:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

The movement of 37 sunken vessels... unearthed during excavations carried out as part of the Istanbul Marmaray and metro projects, has finally been concluded.

The head of Istanbul University’s Department of Marine Archaeology and the Yenikapı Sunken Ships Project, Associate Professor Ufuk Kocabaş, said works had continued for eight years. He added that the structures and tens of thousands of archaeological artifacts found in Theodosis Port, one of the most important ports in the city in the Middle Ages, represented the largest Middle Ages boat collection in the world.

Kocabaş said scientific works were still ongoing on the sunken ships remains. “The oldest sunken vessel is about 1,500 years old and they have all seen the destructive power of the nature until now...

“Among the project activities is the construction of the exact copy of a sunken boat, found in Yenikapı, at its original size,” said Kocabaş. “With the budget of this project we will make the copy of this boat."

...Kocabaş added that the restoration of the vessel was still continuing and its reconstruction project had been prepared by Associate Professor Işıl Özsait. “This Yenikapı 12 vessel, one of the best preserved ones, is a kind of time capsule, as we found it with the cargo it was carrying. This 10-meter vessel will again set sail in the Marmara after 1,000 years. We plan to finish its construction in six months. Works will start in the coming months,” he said.

Kocabaş noted that the sunken vessels were moved from the land and they would be ready for display in four to five years. “Yenikapı 12 will be the first vessel on display. Some vessels that are not suitable for display should be kept for scientific works. Experts of the Istanbul Archaeology Museums will make this decision,” he said.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ancientnavigation; bringonthetourism; byzantineempire; byzantium; constantinople; godsgravesglyphs; islamofascism; istanbul; navigation; romanempire; turkey; yenikapi
The oldest sunken vessel found in Yenikapı is about 1,500 years old and scientific works are still ongoing on the sunken ships remains. AA photo

The oldest sunken vessel found in Yenikapı is about 1,500 years old and scientific works are still ongoing on the sunken ships remains. AA photo

1 posted on 09/01/2013 7:42:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

Sorry, I missed that cockeyed character in the topic title.

The emphasis in this archaeological project is to bring in tourism, sounds like the pre-Morsi approach in Egypt. There'd be more tourism in Turkey if it were safe for women and girls to walk from the hotel to the restaurant.

The Yenikapi keyword:

2 posted on 09/01/2013 7:43:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“The oldest sunken vessel is about 1,500 years old and they have all seen the destructive power of the nature until now... “

The nature can be pretty powerful.


3 posted on 09/01/2013 7:57:53 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Veddddddy intedesting!


4 posted on 09/01/2013 8:02:24 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Gun Control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to buy cars)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just a bunch of derelicts! lol! There are a few in every harbor.


5 posted on 09/01/2013 8:03:24 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: SunkenCiv

It appears that Erdogan is intent on reversing the policies begun by Kemal Ataturk in 1923 toward changing Turkey into a modern secular and democratic state.

This is surprising since Turkey has had almost 100 years of secular government. However, it seems to be relapsing back to a government that leans toward the religious beliefs of Islamism.

The question is whether this movement sweeping throughout the Middle East is analogous to the Counter-Reformation in Europe and will be a final gasp of theocratic governments on a short term basis or will last for a significant period of time.


6 posted on 09/01/2013 8:37:25 AM PDT by wildbill
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*shrug* The Bible promises us 1000 years of peace after the Final Battle.

Peace simply isn’t possible if there are muslims.


7 posted on 09/01/2013 9:16:48 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: SunkenCiv

It might be if they weren’t wearing shorts and a bikini top. I was there several times in my twenties, and never had a problem - I dressed modestly.


8 posted on 09/01/2013 10:40:24 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: wildbill
Erdogan is playing with fire. Turkey did very well under Kemalism for the best part of 100 years.

Letting the hard line islamists into power will be his downfall. He will get what Morsi and his clowns got in Egypt. Or maybe he will be "Ceausescued".

9 posted on 09/01/2013 1:08:24 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: SunkenCiv

During my sentence in Turkey, I learned they still weight-test equipment in the shipyards the same way they did when these ancient ships were built - with people. While the rest of the modern world uses cement or bags of sand, the Turkish shipyards were still using little Mohammeds for both static and dynamic weight testing. Apparently, they’re cheaper than cement and the relatives don’t complain when they’re threatened.


10 posted on 09/01/2013 2:37:06 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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