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The plans for Phaselos were drawn based on ancient mosaics. A replica of the
ship will be made in the second leg of the project and then it will be sailed. AA photo

The plans for Phaselos were drawn based on ancient mosaics. A replica of the ship will be made in the second leg of the project and then it will be sailed. AA photo

A ship that served both for trade and as a warship in the ancient city of Phaselis in the southern province of Antalya will be reconstructed by Akdeniz University’s Mediterranean Research Institute. The 600-person capacity ship, named “Phaselos,” will make its first trip to Egypt.

The ancient city of Phaselis, located in Tekirova, had its heyday between the seventh century B.C. and second century A.D. It was one of the significant ports of Lycia and Pamphylia, and used to carry different products to Egypt and the Black Sea countries. The ship also sailed during wartime.

Experts at the Mediterranean Research Institute have started working to recreate Phaselos, a significant sea vehicle of the ancient era. The director of the institute, Murat Arslan, said they would start the second surface survey for the ship reconstruction Aug. 20.

He said the plans for Phaselos had been drawn based on ancient mosaics, and Ümit Durak, who has been making ship models since 1993, had made a model of the ship. He said they would make a replica of Phaselos in the second leg of the project with the support of Professor Hayat Erkanal from 360 Degree Research Group and archaeologist Osman Erkurt.

“We will build the ship and go to Egypt and Alexandria just like in the ancient ages. The project is set to be completed in five years,” he concluded.


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Anne Daughtry

8/14/2013 10:12:57 PM

Very amusing guys, but the point is this is a fabulous idea. I wish I were still on the Turquoise Coast and could see this ship in the making. Not sure I want to sail to Egypt, but.... Cyprus would be a kick! My old friends helped the oceanographic research group do some of the diving work on that area, between Mersin, Kiz Kalesi and Antalya, many years ago. Hayirli Isler!

Manolis Xenopoulos

8/14/2013 11:08:51 AM

Fellow greeks, stop complaining at every available opportunity about the origin and greekness of places, concepts, things immaterial etc. I don’t see any Phoenicians doing so, incidentally the ship is theirs. Have you not heard of the dual theories of the “continuation of civilizations” and “the anatolian melting pot”? Presumably not but look into it, limited sources by the way being new.

turkic voice

8/14/2013 12:39:23 AM

@ Fred Doyle, Read some more books on Constantinople, but Turks and Greeks share 99%of the same DNA you can not separate them.

Fred Doyle

8/13/2013 5:07:42 PM

@kaz I think the Greeks would have called Istanbul, Byzantium.

gray wolf

8/13/2013 3:25:32 PM

peter lambson, obviously your a greek person it used to be theirs but they took from others who were there first as we did to them that my friend is life and always will be survival of the strongest and that's us turks we don't have a problem saying greek greek greek but greerks have a problem saying TURKS remember that live with it and move on, ps it is also ISTANBUL not Constantinople as you greeks wish to call it.

Can Kent

8/13/2013 11:00:02 AM

Use the money for research and not for entertainment!

Peter Lambson

8/11/2013 7:05:42 PM

Gonna have any authentic Greeks on that ship? After all, they were the ones that built the original and sailed from their cities along the Anatolian coast to trade with the Egyptians at a time when no one knew who the Turks were.

Stefanos Kalogirou

8/10/2013 8:01:22 PM

google Phaselis people and get the info missing from this anadolu agency text. i.e the city and the ancient ship are Greek. Why anadolu has a problem with uttering the word "Greek"
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