In Turkey there are several underwater archaeological projects
developing at the same time, depending of different organizations and
The Institute of Nautical Archaeology is the oldest
organization dedicated to underwater archaeology along the Turkish coast. Since
1958, its founder, Prof. George F. Bass, has promoted and supported the excavations of
shipwrecks in Turkey (Cape Gelidonya, Seytan deresi, Yassiada - Byzantine wreck, Yassiada
- late Roman wreck, Yassiada - Ottoman wreck, Serce Liman - Byzantine glass
wreck, Serce Liman - Hellenistic wreck, Uluburun, Selimiye - byzantine wreck,
Tektas Burnu - classical wreck and, starting in June 2002, Pabuc Burnu -archaic
Besides the excavations, INA also supports archaeological
underwater surveys in the Turkish coast, as the ones directed by
Cemal Pulak, Donald Fry, Tufan Turanli, Ayse Atauz, and others; and the
Shipwrecks of Anatolia Project that intends to complete a database with
information of all wrecks located in the Turkish waters.
Marmara Sea, Dr. Nergis Gunsenin is working on the study of several shipwrecks
and excavating one of them from the Byzantine Time.