Cape Gelidonya formerly Kilidonia or Killidonia is a cape or headland on the Teke Peninsula in the chain of Taurus. The Cape Gelidonya Wreck: Preliminary Report*. GEORGE F. BASS. PLATES 83 Just off Cape Gelidonya, in southwest Turkey, is a row of five tiny islands. FOR PROMOTING USEFUL KNOWLEDGE. NEW SERIES-VOLUME 57, PART 8. CAPE GELIDONYA: A BRONZE AGE SHIPWRECK. GEORGE F. BASS.

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Throckmorton convinced the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to sponsor an excavation of the site. They returned in and completed the first archaeological excavation of an underwater shipwreck in its entirety.

The mixture would start with the broken tools, and then be supplemented from the copper and tin ingots. Some important considerations to remember regarding this excavation: This page was last edited on 1 Septemberat Prior to the Cape Gelidonya gelldonya it was believed that these represented the value of an oxhide, and were deliberately shaped like ox hides to show this relationship. Throckmorton arrived in the small city of Bodrum in the southwest of Turkey, built on the ancient city of Halicarnassuswhere the remnants of one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassuscan still be seen today.

INA is redesigning their website so eventually this link will change to http: The Gape Gelidonya excavation page on the Institute of Nautical Archaeology site is an excellent resource for summaries of the artifacts, techniques and project history. The ship shpwreck also carrying many baskets full of broken bronze tools, several of which had Cypriote signs scratched on them.

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They will also claim that they are the only people with the money and resources to explore these wrecks, and that if they did not excavate them, they would be lost to history forever. Remember, as a professional archaeologist: Retrieved January 12, Initially this took the form of visiting archaeological sites and collecting antiquities to display and show off to one’s friends. At this time, the young archaeologist George Bass was working on his PhD at the University and was sent to oversee the archaeological excavation of the site.


By scaling the tenon found in comparison to the Uluburun tenons, one comes up with gelidknya figure of about 40ft.

Scuba opened shiowreck the shiipwreck world to anyone able to afford the equipment. One important wooden piece was this tenon which reveals that the ship was built in the shell-first manner using pegged mortise and tenon joints. Archaeological shilwreck can only be excavated once. This is just coincidence: Currents were very strong, increasing the risk of kinking the air hose – which was simply a garden hose adapted for the purpose. This was the oldest known shipwreck at the time, only being surpassed by the discovery of the Uluburun shipwreck in the early s.

Sign in via your Institution. Around bca vessel of unknown size gelidomya to have ripped open its bottom on a pinnacle of rock on the northeast side of the third island from land.

Introduction to Nautical Archaeology Notes – Cape Gelidonya

The area around Cape Gelidonya is extremely treacherous and was known in ancient times as being especially dangerous. Views Read Edit View history. Unfortunately for their investors, Odyssey Marine – a publicly-traded company – has been posting a loss for the last three years.

These ingots were poured into moulds in wet sand. Publications Pages Publications Pages.

Cape Gelidonya

Finally, inGeorge Bass, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania and professional archaeologist, travelled to the south coast of Turkey to excavate a Bronze Age shipwreck at Cape Gelidonya under the aegis of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. It was located inshipwteck the excavation began in by Peter ThrockmortonGeorge F.

As it sank, artifacts were strewn from the opening in its hull until it settled around fifty meters away. Later, in the 20th century the field of archaeology underwent many radical changes as researchers developed, discussed, and argued over various paradigms. He would probably go ge,idonya often and set up a make-shift fountry on the beach using sand, clay and stones.


Opposite to the promontory of Taurus [Cape Gelidonya] are the Chelionae, as many in number, and extremely dangerous to mariners. Professional archaeology developed in the 19th century by developing research questions, standards, and methodologies that enabled researches to answer specific questions about the past. Articles containing Turkish-language text Articles containing Greek-language text Articles containing Latin-language text Coordinates on Wikidata.

He would make trips around the coats making bronze objects to order and buying up broken tools to reuse the material.

Based on distribution of the cargo, Dr. Divers used both surface-supplied air as well as scuba tanks. The Cape Gelidonya shipwreck lies at the western side of the mouth of the Antalya Bay in southern Turkey. These are just under 2 ft. The current between these islands, especially when a gelidinya allows water backed up in the Eastern Mediterranean by the summer’s prevailing northwest wind to flow back westward, is as strong as any in the Mediterranean.

Odyssey keeps shipwteck find locations secret. These tools were used by the merchant captain of the vessel as scrap bronze. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Almost nothing of the hull was preserved. The wreck late 90ft below the surface of the Mediterranean. If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code. The reality though is that these “billion dollar” claims are shipwrdck exaggerated.

Finally, on the last day, they located the site on one of the small islands off the Cape. In This Article Bibliography. Don’t have an account? Have knowledge of artifacts, history and culture of a region or historic period Often, artifacts are intrusive – may not indicate accurate dates for a site.

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