A new archaeology park will be constructed to display sunken vessels and other items unearthed during the Yenikapı archeological excavations, revealing important findings related to the history of Istanbul.
Expected to be the biggest sunken museum in the world, the archaeology park project has been approved by the metropolitan municipality council. The archeological findings, discovered as part of the excavations for the Marmaray metro project, includes the Harbour of Theodosius, the oldest harbour of the early Byzantine era, 36 sunken vessels and around 45,000 artifacts. During the excavations archaeologists found footprints and graves dating back 8,500 years ago to the Neolithic Age.
A museum that will be constructed within the archaeology park will contain 36 ships and 5,000 items. To display the ships, a special 20-meter platform will be built. Aside from the display area, the archaeology park will have five underwater areas. Further excavations will continue in the ancient city area where the Harbor of Theodosius was unearthed. The area is planned to be one of the sections of the archaeology park, which will sit on 500,000 square meters. The preliminary project for the archaeology park was chosen through a competition in 2012. The project of Eisenmann Architects and Aytaç Mimarlık came in first.
The archeological team discovered ruins of streets and architectural remains of small workshops dating back to the late Ottoman-era of the 19th century. The architectural and workshop ruins will be preserved and the street pattern has been taken and put under protection for the archaeology park project. The ruins of the ancient boats date from between the fifth to 11th centuries. These will compose of the world’s biggest ancient boat collection when the museum opens. The archaeology park will feature the remains of a sea wall, a deck made of giant stones and a section of the breakwater.
Source Daily Sabah