Ancient world

Analysis of 3,000-year-old shipwreck reveals international Bronze Age trade route

The Uluburun shipwreck opens a window to the ancient world.

photo of diver from Uluburun shipwreck excavation
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In 1982, a sponge diver made an incredible discovery in the waters off the coast of Turkey.

A massive ship

had lain at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea for more than 3,000 years after sinking near the eastern shore of what was then called Uluburun.

Cemal Pulak/Texas A&M University