Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology
The Uluburun Shipwreck (The oldest shipwreck in the World ) is 14th century BC shipwreck of the Late Bronze Age period, discovered off the south coast of Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea near the city of Kaş in the province of Antalya. A Turkish sponge diver found it in 1982. It was recovered using techniques of underwater excavation in 11 consecutive campaigns of 3-4 months duration each from 1984 to 1994.
The wreck represents a merchant ship of Near Eastern, probably Cypriot or Levantine, origin. The ship was about 15 m long and could stow ca. 20 tons of cargo. The ship's cargo is perhaps a royal one. The hull was made of cedar wood of edge-joined planks (shell-based method of ship-building), a technique known from later Phoenician, Greek and Roman ships as well.
The nationality of the ship is not determined, since the articles carried were: Mycenaean, Cypriot, Canaanite, Kassite, Egyptian, and Assyrian.