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"Kyrenia Castle 2: the archaeology" Shipwreck Museum - Kyrenia Castle Tip by leics

  2300 years old
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  • 2300 years old - Kyrenia
      2300 years old
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  • Wine amphorae..and almonds - Kyrenia
      Wine amphorae..and almonds
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  • Reconstructed cross-section - Kyrenia
      Reconstructed cross-section
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In 1967 an ancient cargo boat which sank off Kyrenia 2300 years ago was discovered by a diver. It was a hugely important find...the earliest shipwreck, and its timbers and cargo remarkably preserved.

It was essential that the wreck was properly conserved, investigated and displayed and I'm pleased that funds were found to do this. It is now kept in Kyrenia castle, in a specially-created room (they had to knock down part of the wall to sort this out) and its cargo is well-displayed.

The boat is thought to be about 80 years old, with a small crew and a cargo of grindstones and hundreds of wine amphorae. Large amounts of almonds were alsm discovered, although it is thought these were crew rations rather than cargo.

There are also two smaller galleries showing finds from prehistoric and Graeco-Roman sites and tombs in the area, with reconstructions and dioramae. There are a few lovely bits of golden jewellery, coins, terracotta lamps, stone tools and so on and so iforth. I found it fascinating, but I suspect it would hold little interest for those not interested in early history.

Address: Kyrenia Castle.

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  • Written Dec 31, 2009
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