Although according to different divers there was already evidence of it since the 1980s, it was not until a few months ago that the Nissia Project of the University of Cyprus, where different studies and underwater excavations of a shipwreck in the Paralimni area, a city southeast of Cyprus, in the Eastern Mediterranean.
As stated by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities, in this area different pieces have been found in a very good state of conservation such as wooden elements, projectiles, glassware, bricks and ceramics as well as a small part of the hull that also seems to be in a good state of conservation.
They have also advanced that this boat which is about 28 meters deep could probably date back to the late Ottoman period. It is something of great importance since it is the only shipwreck from this period existing in Cyprus and also one of the few being investigated in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The first excavations were carried out over two weeks in September under the direction of the Stella demesticha and supervision of the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory of the Archeology Research Unit of the University of Cyprus. Currently many of the remains found are in the center of antiquities in Larnaca, where they are being investigated.
During the entire process of underwater excavations, a total of 24 people participated, where in addition to studying the remains found in the same place, one of the three great iron cannons was also raised which are a short distance from the main part of the wreck.
These kinds of excavations could provide a wealth of information on shipbuilding techniques at that time and also on naval activity in the Eastern Mediterranean during the late Ottoman period.
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One of the things that researchers have not liked is that having knowledge of this shipwreck since the 80s nothing has been done and many divers used the area as a recreational place to practice this sport and others engaged in looting and stealing remains of great historical value as well as ruining different archaeological evidence with impunity.
Let's hope that now that action has been taken, all the pieces that have been rescued as well as what has been left on the seabed can be protected so that episodes like these do not happen again and there is no need to regret losses important.
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