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An addendum to Dr. Bass's text
Author Nicolle Hirschfeld

It is now early October and the fleet — the INA research ship with recompression chamber, the diving barge, and the chartered sailing ship on which most of the team lived this summer — has returned to port and deposited this summer’s finds at the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. In total, we raised around 350 artifacts, including many fragments of metal ingots and other objects, a cache of two complete jugs and a pithos base Dr. Bass previously mentioned, and balance pan weights of various shapes and sizes. We will, of course, be able to give a much better accounting after their conservation, but already a few remarks are possible.
 
Brief visits made to the site in the 1980s and 90s provided indications that the ship broke apart and spilled some of its contents, well before it finally settled on the seabed. This summer we made no further discoveries along the trail of scattered debris found previously, but we did discover that the wreck site itself is significantly larger than the area excavated and mapped in 1960. We are still thinking about whether this is an indication of (a larger) ship size, a result of the violence of the wreck process, or whether it is due to the seabed topography, or perhaps some combination of these factors.
 
This summer’s discoveries have added significantly to the number of ceramics and balance pan weights associated with this wreck. Cemal Pulak’s study of the balance pan weights will surely refine our understanding of the ship’s route or personnel. The discovery of a jug handle with an incised mark of a Cypriot type adds to the accumulating evidence for a strong Cypriot connection.
 
Meanwhile, Harun Özda? of Dokuz Eylül University, our co-director, is working hard to organize the final logistical details of the submersible survey. As Dr. Bass mentioned, the submersible will allow a deeper and much more extensive search of the seabed, especially along the route which the ship traveled between its initial impact point and its final resting place on the seabed.
 
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