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Shipwreck History of the Theodosian Harbour, Istanbul

Online talk by Prof D Ufuk Kocabaş on February 16, 2021

March 9, 2021 – December 31, 2022
Tuesday, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Tickets from Eventbrite: £5

The Anglo-Turkish Society presents an online lecture by Professor Dr Ufuk Kocabaş.

Salvage excavations conducted by the Istanbul Archeological Museums (2004–2013) in the Yenikapı quarter of the historical peninsula of Istanbul have brought the Theodosian Sea of Marmara to light.

In addition to thousands of archaeological artefacts, a total of 37 shipwrecks dating from the 5th to the 10th centuries AD were uncovered, making up the largest collection of medieval ships uncovered at a single excavation site. The team from the Department of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects of Istanbul University were in charge of the 27 wrecks, consisting of 23 merchantmen and four galleys.

The wrecks, buried as the harbour silted up, provide us with unparalleled information on Byzantine ship typology, shipbuilding technology and technology development. Most of the wrecks have surviving bottom planking and, in some cases, planking to reach the bulwarks, providing data on shipbuilding technology previously unknown.

Professor Dr Ufuk Kocabaş is currently head of the Conservation and Restoration Department and the Conservation of Marine Archeological Objects Division at Istanbul University. His research focuses on underwater archaeology, ancient shipbuilding technology and the conservation of underwater cultural heritage. He is currently directing the excavation and conservation of the medieval shipwreck of the Yenikapı Shipwrecks Project on behalf of Istanbul University.

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