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    [See Uluburun at: http://www.bodrum-museum.com/museum/depts/uluburun.htm ] x0x An ancient voyage in just two months Journey from Foca to Marseille.. A group,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 30, 2007
      [See Uluburun at:
      http://www.bodrum-museum.com/museum/depts/uluburun.htm ]

      x0x An ancient voyage in just two months

      Journey from Foca to Marseille.. A group, who
      built the replica of ships used by old Foca people
      2,600 year ago, will set to sail next year. The
      voyage will last two months.

      OMER ERBIL

      Milliyet

      The 360 Degree Research Group, which had built the
      replica of the oldest known shipwreck, Uluburun
      II, is now getting ready to initiate a new project
      anticipating a voyage from Phokaia (modern Foca)
      to the Marseille via two replica ancient ships.

      According to the project, the ships will reflect
      the periodic features of 2,600 year ago and be
      built in line with the archaeological
      characteristics of the period.

      The ships are scheduled to set sail from Izmir's
      Eskifoca (Old Foca) in April of 2008 and arrive in
      France's Marseille after a two-month voyage,
      following the route of ships in 600 B.C. and thus
      stopping at the Mediterranean and Aegean ports of
      Molyvos, Ithaka and Aléria, spots where the
      ancient Foca people used to establish colonies.

      The building of two ancient ships, planned both
      with sailing and paddle, will kick off at the end
      of April in Izmir's Urla district. The sailing
      commercial ship will be 15 meters long and the
      warship with paddles will be 19 meters.

      Project adviser Osman Erkurt of the 360 Degree
      Research Group said, We already discussed the
      issue with Marseille Municipality, which assured
      us that they would support our project. It seems
      that Marseille will see lots of Turkish flags next
      year.

      The research group's project will also include an
      international symposium in Foca where scientists
      will make a presentation on Foca colonies as well
      as an exhibition in Marseille where ancient Foca
      ships will be featured. Besides these activities,
      works will be carried out in an effort to make
      Izmir and Marseille into brother cities and a
      documentary featuring the ship's voyages will be
      shot.

      Uluburun:

      A replica of the oldest known shipwreck, Uluburun
      II, was built by the 360 Degree Historical
      Research Association in Urla, Izmir and displayed
      in Bodrum as part of activities marking the 80th
      anniversary of Sabotage Day in July.

      Considered to be one of the most significant
      archaeological finds of the 20th century, the
      3,300-year-old Uluburun took its place in history
      as the oldest commercial vessel while the
      artifacts - including a 3,300-year-old seal
      believed to belong to Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, a
      huge amphora and jewelry - excavated from the
      shipwreck excited science and archeology circles.

      The artifacts discovered in the Uluburun shipwreck
      are still on display at the Bodrum Underwater
      Archaeology Museum.

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