Yenikapı Shipwrecks attracted experts to Istanbul in the subjects of marine archaeology and conservation
More than 120 experts from 29 countries came to Istanbul for the triennial WOAM (Wet Organic Archaeological Materials) Symposium organized by ICOM (International Council of Museums) within UNESCO. When the Harbour of Theodosius found during the Marmaray project at Yenikapı, shipwrecks discovored in this harbour, the work conducted to protect these shipwrecks draw the attention of the world of marine archaeology and conservation to Istanbul, world’s leading experts chose to gather in Istanbul.
The opening speech of the conference was made by WOAM Coordinator Tara Grant, IU Advisor to the Rector Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Kayacan and organizer of this conference, Assoc. Prof. Ufuk Kocabaş; Director of the IU Yenikapı Shipwrecks Project which took place at Istanbul University’s Congress Centre and Eurasia Institute’s Conference Hall between the dates of 13-17 May 2013.
Experts who attended the symposium; hosted by Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Conservation of Archaeological Marine Objects, sponsored by BASF and organized by Corvus Travel, presented the latest scientific developments about restoration and conservation methods of archaeological shipwrecks found in underwater archaeological sites and other organic artifacts, had the chance to see the conservation methods used for the Yenikapı Shipwrecks. Experts from 29 countries visited the Istanbul Univeristy Yenikapı Shipwrecks Research Laboratory on the third day of the sympozym and during the tour they were informed by Assoc. Prof Ufuk Kocabaş and IU Yenikapı Shipwrecks Project team.