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From the INA Vault

By February 29, 2016April 22nd, 2020No Comments

This week’s photos from the vault come from the Yassıada Byzantine wreck, reported to journalist Peter Throckmorton in 1958 by a sponge diver from Bodrum.  It was excavated between the years 1961-1964, requiring 3,533 dives. The wreck lay about 32-39 m deep off Yassıada, a small coastal island that caused many ships to wreck in antiquity, and contained a wealth of information about the 7th century A.D. The mapping system, carefully employed by the excavators, provided details about its construction and allowed for a full reconstruction of the ship.

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Top Left: Ann Bass holding resin used to make replicas of the anchors from this wreck.  Although the anchors had long since decayed the concretions that formed around them left a hollow mold which could then be filled with resin to reveal the original once the concretion was broken away.

Top Right: George F. Bass inspecting a small artifact while diving on the site.

Bottom Left: Susan Womer (now Katzev) holding an amphora.  Due to resting on the sea bottom, chlorides had permeated the ceramics, these were then removed by placing the amphoras in a fresh water bath until the chloride had been removed.

Bottom Right: The team loads up onto the Virazon to begin the field season.