Marine Lab 2012

Turkey’s First Ancient Ship Laboratory is Renovated

Turkey’s First Ancient Ship Conservation and Reconstruction Laboratory is opened at Istanbul University Faculty of Letter with the sponsorship of BASF in Turkey in 2007 after renewal and infrastructure development work was complete. Laboratory was opened for service by IU Rector Prof. Yunus Söylet on Monday December 17, 2012 at Istanbul University Faculty of Letters.

Istanbul University excavated the Yenikapı Shipwrecks and undertook the conservation and restoration of the shipwrecks according to scientific principles. For this purpose, a team from “Department of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects”, which is founded in Faculty of Letters, completed the excavation work of the ships in September 2012. Conservation of ship timbers that have been exposed to destructive effects of nature for more than thousand years is different, compared to other archaeological objects. It requires laboratories with technological equipment to be able to carefully handle restoration, conservation with chemicals and consolidation processes.

The opening ceremony began with Assoc. Prof. Ufuk Kocabaş’s presentation and continued with a speech from Prof. Mustafa Özkan, Dean of Faculty of Letters. IU Rector Prof. Yunus Söylet expressed his gratitude and stated that he was very impressed with the archaeological work conducted at Yenikapı when he visited the site in 2009. Also, mentioned that it was honoring to see lots of experts from various disciplines coming together to contribute scientifically to this project. Plaque was presented to Rector Prof. Yunus Söylet for his contributions by Prof. Mustafa Özkan. Prof. Dr. Mustafa ÖZKAN, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Çetinkale, Dr. Cemil Akçay, Gülsemin Kılıçarslan and Can Bayrak were also presented with plaques.

After the opening ceremony, all the guests were briefed about the technical infrastructure. The event ended with a cocktail.