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Keywords:

  • Turkey;
  • shipwreck;
  • Kekova Adası;
  • Kepçe Burnu;
  • Archaic;
  • basket-handle amphora

During its annual surveys of the Turkish coast in the 1970s and 1980s, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology discovered two early Archaic (7th- to early-6th-century BC) shipwrecks at Kekova Adası (Antalya region) and Kepçe Burnu (Muğla region); Dokuz Eylül University's Institute of Marine Science and Technology is currently involved in survey of the region. The wrecks, marked by a primary cargo of basket-handle amphoras, indicate exchange between Cyprus and the cities of coastal Asia Minor and Corinth. Such Iron Age internationalism may have been driven by an interest in processed agricultural goods such as olive oil.

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