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With the permission of The Croatian Ministry of Culture, Sava Medvescak diving club held a diving camp on the southern part of the island of Mljet during August 2006. They found a shipwreck in the Sveti Pavao shallows during a dive on the southern side of the island of Mljet, around 200 m from the shore. They informed the Ministry of Culture and the Department for Underwater Archaeology of the Croatian Conservation Institiute, and they organised rescue excavations held in 2007 with the support of divers and archaeologists from Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia. During these diving camp they found that this is a Venetian trade shipwreck under the depth between 40-42 m. Till october 2015 they rescue the 90% of the objects. After the restorations of some objects, they get ready for an exhibiton. Also still the diving camp contiune.

One of the most interesting objects is a small bronze ship’s bell with yhe year MDLCVII (1567) shown in relief. Two silver talers together with 40 Ottoman akches were found also. Ottoman akches are extremely important for t dating of this shipwreck. Akches belong to four different sultan: Sultan Selim I (1512-1520), Sultan Suleiman (1520-1566), Sultan Selim II (1566-1574) and Sultan Murad III (1574-1595). Since Sultan Murat III began minting the coins in 1574, they can be sure that the ship could not have sunk before that year. The most important discovery during this research for us, they found several Iznik potteries. Iznik cargo consisted of vessels, plates and dishes decorated with grapes, tugrakeş, seperators, zümrüdü anka bird, Wheel of fortune, jugs decorated with cintemani, lids decorated with windrose, tazzas, and most important Iznik object found is six small bowls. Till today we know that only in the world has 2 small Iznik bowls. Also they found some bronze artillery pieces, cannons, cannonballs, demijohns glass bottles, green glass bottles, metal objects, amphoras, and animal bones.It is very good that Croatia has a great collections now.

For the exhibition of the objects from this Venetian shipwreck between 18 May 2015-13 September 2015 in Mimara Museum Zagreb, Tugomir Luksic the director of the Mimara Museum and Milica Japundzic the coordinator of the Mimara Museum contact me end of march to help them the descriptions of the Iznik objects for the catalogue.

After sending them the descriptions of the Iznik objects as soon as possible, they invite me to give a lecture about my book “Secrets Under Underglaze” and Iznik ceramics from the Venetian shipwreck in Mimara Museum between 9-10 september 2015. Three biggest newspaper of Croatia announcement the lecture in their culture pages. Turkish Ambassador’s wife in Zagreb and her assistant, the authorities of Mimara Museum, the authorities of Dubrovnik Museum, the authorities of Croatian Conservation Institiute, the authorities from Yunus Emre Institute in Zagreb, underwater archaeologist divers from shipwreck, academicians, restorators, antique dealer, journalists and people came to listen my lecture and honoured me. After 1 and half hour lecture, they told me that they impressed my new founds about Iznik ceramics. It is a great experience for me also. And new freindships for a long life. Thanks for everyone. Mete Demirel 15-09-2015 


Milica Japundzic. Coordinator of The Mimara Museum




 Me, infront of the Mimara Mueum



Pictures from lecture







Objects from Venetian Shipwreck











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