Bodrum was our first stop in Turkey and we were greeted by all the Turkish flags flying from the traditional gulet boats in the harbor. We had a scheduled tour of Bodrum Castle with Don Frey, who along with George Bass studied many ship wrecks in Turkish waters. His special interest was in Bronze age wrecks and educated the local sponge divers in what to look for. This paid off in several important finds. These are now housed in the Bodrum Castle in its present form as the Institute of Nautical Archeology. Bodrum Castle was built by the Knight's of St. John in 1402 with the remains of the Mausoleum of Mausolus which was one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient World. The Institute is very well done with buildings containing the reconstructed wrecks and findings of the Glass ship, a Byzantine ship, a 14th century BC ship containing copper and tin ingots, and other important wrecks. 

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