Serce Harbour Glass Wreck:
The 11th century Glass wreck salvaged from the Serce harbour near the Ciftlik region
to the South of Marmaris is being showned in the Bodrum Museum.
The ship was 16 meters long and 5 meters wide with 35 tons of carrying capacity.
The Serce harbour wreck is the oldest wreck recorded that shows the modern ship
making technique which the framework is done first.
The ship's flat bottom structure was making possible for her to sail in the shallow waters
even in the rivers. The ship was carrying over one hundred big gravels that weight 2 tons.
The cargo shows the belongings of a merchant that can travel between
Islamic and Byzantine governments. Old glasses were putted in the ship
in order to recycle while the newly produced glasses were being sold
in the harbours they visit.
The weights, a sword, filtered cans, and checkers stones that the crew played with; that
are related with the early Ottoman period. By the different artifacts found in the wreck
, it was understood that the wreck belongs to the 11th century, to be more specific around
The main cargo of the Serce Harbour wreck was broken and junk glasses
weighted more than 3 tons. These were possibly the remainders of
a glass factory around east Mediterennan that where actually broken into pieces
in order to save from space. A lot of beautiful glass artifact that are being showed
in the Bodrum Museum has been united from hundreds of glass pieces together by the years
taking efforts of our specialists.
The archeological research on the Serce harbour wreck has been done by a team leaded
by George Bass between 1977 and 1979.
Along with the 80 intact glass artifacts, millions of broken pieces of glass
has been salvaged from the Serce harbour wreck a.k.a. Glass Wreck.
In order to solve this amazing puzzle, specialist worked for years...
The 25% of the ship has been completely salvaged. Starport side was
The wreck and the artifacts salvaged are being shown in th Bodrum Museum.