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Archaeological excavations in Istanbul, Turkey have shed new light on the history of marine architecture. Wrecks from the fifth to eleventh centuries have been unearthed in a former port of what was then Constantinople. Scientists have been intrigued to find that the technology used in building the ships was more advanced than expected. Both sail-powered craft and galleys were discovered, the latter being, “notably the first shipwrecks of this type discovered from the Byzantine period.” You can learn more at Live Science: http://www.livescience.com/49272-byzantine-shipwrecks-turkey-shipbuilding-history.html