Byzantine boat excavation, Turkey

Byzantine boat excavation, Turkey

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Caption: Byzantine boat excavation. Archaeologist marking the planks of a Byzantine boat at the Yenikapi archaeological site, Istanbul, Turkey. This site was discovered in 2004 during excavations for the Marmaray rail tunnel under the Bosphorus. Excavations continued for over six years, uncovering more than 30 boats preserved in the mud following shipwrecks. The main discovery was the fourth-century Byzantine port from the time of the emperor Theodosius. The oldest finds were Neolithic remains from 8000 years ago. Photographed in 2009.

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