Archaeologists have uncovered a rare ceramic statue of a Cypriot goddess dating back 2,700 years underwater in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort town of Marmaris on Saturday.
The 60-cm statue was found at a depth of 43 meters beneath the surface by a group of archaeologists from the Dokuz Eylül University who are conducting a research in a shipwreck discovered in November 2016.
The team has unearthed only the bottom half of the statue, however, further efforts are underway to find the remaining part, said Professor A. Harun Özdaş, who leads the research team.
“We estimate that the second part of the statue of the goddess is in the same location, the original length of the statue should be about 120 centimeters,” Özdaş said.
This is not the only valuable artifact has been found on the bottom of Mediterranean sea.
One year ago the same group of Turkish researchers have discovered a 4,000 year-old shipwreck in Marmaris Hisarönü Gulf in the Mediterranean.
Professor Abdurrahman Harun Özdaş, from Dokuz Eylül University said that the 4,000 year-old shipwreck is the oldest of its kind to be found in Turkey.
He said that the shipwreck was found as part of the ‘Research on Turkey’s Underwater Heritage’ project, which has been launched in 2007. Last year the project has received 70,000 Turkish liras in funds and aims to make an inventory for shipwrecks in Turkey’s territorial waters.
The shipwreck is thought to be used for trading purposes and is from the Minoan Civilization, which existed around 3650 to 1400 BCE. It is reported that the ship is thought to have capsized during a trip to Hisarönü Gulf from Cyrete through the Rhodes Island and Bozburun.
There is a separate project for the Ottoman period, which was launched in 2012.
The project, carried out by a team of 15 researchers, had initially been supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and also received support from the Ministry of Development.
Among the participants of the project include underwater archeologists, marine geophysicists and biologists.