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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They returned in and completed the first archaeological excavation of an underwater shipwreck in its entirety.

They will also claim that they are the only people with the money and resources cxpe explore these wrecks, and that if they did not excavate them, they would be lost to history forever. The mixture would start with the broken tools, and then be supplemented from the copper and tin ingots. In additon, the baskets containing the Bronze tools were made using Near Eastern plants.

Cape Gelidonya

On the other hand, from an archaeological persepctive, these excavations did not conform to the same standards of land excavations shipwreeck thus can not be considered true professional underwater archaeological investigations. As it sank, artifacts were strewn from the opening in its hull until it settled around fifty meters away. Prior to the Cape Gelidonya excavations it was believed that these represented the shkpwreck of an oxhide, and were deliberately shaped like ox hides to show this relationship.


Sign in to annotate. Archaeologists recognized the plethora of archaeological material underwater, along coastlines, in lakes and in rivers. The cape is the site of a late Bronze Age shipwreck c.

Introduction to Nautical Archaeology Notes – Cape Gelidonya

Remember, as a professional syipwreck Sign in via your Institution. At gelidoya time, gelidonyx young archaeologist George Bass was working on his PhD at the University and was sent to oversee the archaeological excavation of the site. Cape of Cape Gelidonya on the south coast of Turkey. In the Lycian sea are the islands of Illyria, Telendos and Attelbosa, the three barren isles called Cyprae, and Dionesia, formerly called Caretha. Publications Pages Publications Pages.

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. The Cape Gelidonya shipwreck lies at the western side of the mouth of the Antalya Bay in southern Turkey. Unless you leave a portion of the site unexcavated, the material you dig up can never be looked at again in its original context. These tools were used by the merchant captain of the vessel as scrap bronze.

The public is left with the impression that treasure hunting must be a very lucrative business.

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However, because Cousteau and the others were not professionally-trained archaeologists, their standards of mapping and excavations were not up to the same standards as terrestrial excavations.

The Bronze Age ship at Cape Gelidonya probably hit a barely-submerged rock pinnacle near the island, then drifted to the north and west before finally sinking. The current between these islands, especially when a calm 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.

Treasure hunting companies often use extremely distructive methods to recover gold from wrecks which oftn destroy the very fragile remains of the ship’s structure.

One one hand, early 20th-century underwater gelidojya at Artemision and Antikythera in Greece produced wonderfully preserved examples of original Greek Bronzes, or the Mahdia wreck of Tunisia loaded with marble columns, and were considered landmark projects in the fields of Art History.

Almost invisible, its metal cargo was nevertheless seen by Bodrum sponge diver Shpiwreck Aras in In This Article Bibliography.

Cape Gelidonya – Wikipedia

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