Uluburun : the discovery and excavation of the world's oldest known shipwreck

Fawcett, N. ; Zietsman, J. C. (2001)

CITATION: Fawcett, N. & Zietsman, J. C. 2001. Uluburun : the discovery and excavation of the xorld's oldest known shipwreck. Akroterion, 46:5-20, doi:10.7445/46-0-116.

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The oldest and most exciting shipwreck ever discovered is that of a 15 metre Syro-Palestinian trading vessel whose cargo was sighted on the sea-bed by a sponge diver off a promontory called Uluburun, near Kas, on the south Turkish coast. The ship dates from about 1300 BC. According to Wachsmann (1998:xi) “The Uluburun shipwreck is without doubt the single most significant key to understanding Bronze Age seafaring”, and Bass (1998:49) adds that “few if any Bronze Age excavations in the past 50 years have been more important than the Uluburun shipwreck.”

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