Truly, 2017 has been a year of discovery — whether we’ve unearthed something new or deeply hidden in the past. While astronomers observed snow on Mars, casual hikers came across a fossilized Cretaceous water bird. Adding to this year’s list of wow moments are archeologists from the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University. Divers discovered an ancient fortress dating as far back as 9 B.C. in Turkey’s Lake Van.
“It is a miracle to find this castle underwater,” [head diver Tahsin Ceylan] added. “Archaeologists will come here to examine the castle’s history and provide information on it,” he said.
The castle presumably existed under the Uratu civilization in the iron age. Bearing in mind that the structure has been underwater for over 3,000 years, it’s a miracle that its walls are still intact up to 13 feet. Lake Van itself is some 600,000 years old and likely harbors other mysteries.
“With this belief in mind, we are working to reveal the lake’s secrets,” Mr Ceylan added.
Home to unusual stalagmite formations and numerous shipwrecks, who knows what else Lake Van might be hiding?
Lately, discoveries of Earth-sized planets and the possibility of life on Saturn’s moons have been otherworldly. While most of today’s research focuses on what can be, some experts are still dissecting what has been. On a mission to study lost artifacts, an Egyptian archaeology team uncovered three wrecks from the Roman Empire. The breakthrough will bring greater insight regarding the era of Rome’s first emperor.
[Divers] found a head sculpture carved into crystal, remains of pottery and large pieces of wood, potentially from the ship itself.
The discoveries were made off the coast of the northern city of Alexandria, specifically in its Abu Qir Bay.
Apparently a goldmine for hidden wonders, the bay might still be lodging a fourth shipwreck. Arab uprisings have made Egypt vulnerable to mass looting, leaving museums susceptible to robberies. Joint efforts have since eased the pressure on archaeologists.
The discoveries were made as a result of the work of a joint mission from the Ministry of Antiquities’ Underwater Archaeology Department and the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology.
Both groups will continue to send divers into the harbor next year — truly a blast from the past!