See Turkey's Underwater Treasures

January 12, 2012
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When archaeologists began digging off the coasts of Turkey in the 1960s, they found what are now determined to be some of the oldest shipwrecks from the Bronze Age.

Visitors to the Underwater Archaeological Museum of Bodrum on International Expeditions’ new Turkey & Greece cruise will see these wonders while exploring the museum, housed in the largest Crusader castle outside of Europe. The third excavation campaign by the Institute of Nautical Archeology in 1986 found artifacts from the late Bronze Age that answered many questions, but posed even more.

The dig at Ulu Burun, near Kas, Turkey, found a one-of-a-kind gold scarab of Nefertiti, the wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenate. This artifact confirmed a theory that was circulating at the time that the queen served as a co-regent during the later part of her husband's reign.

Other items including writing surfaces, weights, bronze tools and weapons, pottery and stone anchors gave more fodder for archaeological and historical discussions about international relations and trade tactics of that time period. The cultural implications of such wrecks are still being discussed by scholars and students today.


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