Bronze-Age Shipwreck Reveals the Luxurious Lifestyles of the Ancient Elite
In 1982, sponge divers near the city of Kas in Western Turkey found what they called “metal biscuits with ears.” The director of the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology sent out an inspection team that found several copper ingots.
The archaeologists in Turkey would find one of the most amazing things in human history: the world’s oldest known shipwreck. This caught the eye of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.
The mysterious shipwreck, known as the Uluburun shipwreck, gives us a glimpse into the lavish lives of the Ancient World aristocrats.
Before we talk about the treasures of the ship, let’s talk about the Bronze Age trade and where the ship was headed.