n Akroterion - Uluburun - the discovery and excavation of the world's oldest known shipwreck

Volume 46, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Extracted from text ... ULUBURUN - THE DISCOVERY AND EXCAVATION OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST KNOWN SHIPWRECK N Fawcett & J C Zietsman (University of Stellenbosch) 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 ..

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