Deborah Carlson, Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University and Harun Özdaş, Marine Science & Technology Institute, Dokuz Eylül University
For one month between mid-July and mid-August 2013, a small team of Turkish and American archaeologists conducted a survey of the coastal waters around ancient Troy and the entrance to the Dardanelles. The goals of this exploratory project were two-fold:
- to survey Turkey’s only two islands (Gökçeada and Bozcaada) for the remains of ancient ships following important trade routes through the Dardanelles (which connected the Aegean to the Black Sea and have proven to be one of the most strategically and historically significant waterways in the world).
- locate and document the remains of various WWI naval vessels sunk during the Gallipoli Campaign (1915-16), the centennial of which is fast approaching.