Uluburun, Turkey

Found by  -  Mehmet Çakir
Excavation  -  1984-1994
Excavation Director  -  Cemal Pulak
Number of dives  -  22,500
No. of hours on wreck  -  6,613
Conservation  -  1984-present
Hull  -  c 15m (49 ft) long

The Institute of Nautical Archaeology's (INA) shipwreck excavation between 1984 and 1994 at Uluburun, near Kas in southern Turkey, brought to light one of the wealthiest and largest known assemblages of Late Bronze Age items found in the Mediterranean. The shipwreck lay on a steep rocky slope at a depth of 44 to 52 m, with artifacts scattered down to 61 m.

Murat Tilev working on a row copper ‘oxhide’ ingots (one of four rows in situ) found on the Uluburun shipwreck… one of the wealthiest and largest known assemblages of Late Bronze Age items found in the Mediterranean. photo: INA Archives