Shipyard of Dana Island-Cilicia


Dana Island is a small island at the Silifke district of Mersin City in the east of the Rough Cilicia region on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It is located 2,300 meters from the shores of the main land, 2,700 meters in length, 900 meters in width and 202 meters in height (Map 1). The island is located between two archaeologically importants sites, Taşucu headland and Tisan-Aphrodisias headland on the borders of Silifke.  Rough Cilicia has been subject to regional and international politics and trade since ancient times because of both the cedar trees in the Taurus mountains and iron ore deposits in the Gazipaşa and Anamur regions. Because of the historically importance of the region, team from Selcuk University Underwater Research Center has decided to start underwater and coastal archaeology research. The underwater researches were carried out in 2015 on the coast of Silifke under the supervision of the Silifke Museum Directorate with the permission of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums . Within the scope of these studies, examinations were made of the coasts of Dana Island (Map 2). During the underwater studies, some structural remains and a chest-shaped landfill were discovered in the north of the island. Because of the structures' connections with the land, the works continued onto the island itself, and in-situ presence of about 274 slipways from different periods were seen. In 2016, with the permission of the same General Directorate, and again under the supervision of the Department of Silifke Museum Directorate, same team carried out a surface survey, plant cleaning and drawing studies on the island. The slipway type of Dana Island are mainly rock-cut style. Few of them supported by stone walls. Many of the rock-cut slipways of the Island have no roof. But some of the post holes around of some slipways show the possibility of the wooden roof system. Some of the possible slipways which are not include the number of 274 are completely covered by earth. These possible slipways’ construction style are unknown yet.



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