Beginning of underwater excavations in the ancient port of Kerpe on the Black Sea
Excavations and underwater research began to uncover the history of the ancient port of Kerpe and its port on the Black Sea coast in the KandÄ±ra district of Kocaeli.
The 1,700-year-old harbor in the harbor was created by the colonies of the Colony of Megara, once based in modern Greece, as a useful location that provided access to the Black Sea trade routes and served as a strategic point for a military outpost.
Researchers believe that a wide variety of artifacts and ruins of historical significance await to be discovered deep within Kerpe Harbor, which was once part of significant settlements in Roman and Byzantine times.
The Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism of Kocaeli and the Directorate of the Kocaeli Museum coordinated the underwater excavations in the port of Kerpe and the underwater ruins.
In addition, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, KandÄ±ra Municipality, DÃ¼zce University Underwater Application and Research Center, Watsan Elektrik and Kerpe Sea Stars Diving School are also participating in the excavations.
Researchers hope the excavations will uncover cultural assets in the region. In addition to the artefacts, the team also hopes to determine the Black Sea trade route used by the Ottoman Empire and uncover information about areas that were once home to intense trade activity.
By recording the vast history of the site, the aim is to offer a wide variety of interesting sites to attract tourism to the region and increase its tourism potential.