Within the scope of the protocol signed between Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) Marine Sciences and Technology Institute and Izmir Development Agency (IZKA), the first phase of the studies carried out to reveal the underwater cultural heritage of Izmir has come to an end.
With Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) Marine Sciences and Technology Institute Izmir Development Agency (İZKA), the first phase of the studies carried out to reveal the underwater cultural heritage of İzmir has come to an end.
According to the statement made by the university, due to the completion of the first phase, Governor Yavuz Selim Köşger and DEU Rector Prof. Dr. Nukhet HotarThe program was organized with the participation of
Köşger, in his speech here, stated that they are working on bringing İzmir’s underwater heritage to tourism and making a new opening in tourism.
Köşger stated that İzmir Bay and its surroundings have important riches in terms of underwater tourism, and said:
“We need to volumize, size and expand tourism to 365 days. The Koca Piri Reis Ship, which has had important functions in the maritime history of the Republic of Turkey, has performed an important function today as well. A previously unknown shipwreck was found off the coast of Foça. 2 iron cannons, various amphorae were found here. “In the future, work will be carried out on the shipwrecks both here and on the other sides. In the next stage, we, as the Governor’s Office, will contribute to the establishment of the Naval Wars Museum in Izmir.”
“Advanced underwater technologies are used”
prof. Dr. Nükhet Hotar also stated that they are happy to complete the first phase of the 3-stage project that will last for 9 months.
Noting that 4 shipwrecks, thought to be from the First World War, were found at a depth of 40 to 70 meters during the studies on the potential areas identified in the Izmir Bay, Hotar gave the following information:
“After this area, sonar mapping of Foça and its surroundings was made. A detailed documentation study was carried out on the Ottoman-era shipwreck discovered in Foça last year. Two iron cannons belonging to the shipwreck were also excavated, and in one of these guns, ‘173 o?’ “In addition, ceramic plates, jugs and jugs in good condition were unearthed. Since the shipwrecks in the region are found in deep water, our instructors mostly carry out their studies using advanced underwater technologies. In addition, stereo-photogrammetric studies with ROV are performed to determine the distribution of the finds.”
Source: Anadolu Agency / Ali Korkmaz