Island of Kekova

The ancient geographical region of Lycia is situated on the Teke Peninsula of the Mediterranean region of Turkey. Ancient Lycia was surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea on the south, Caria on the west and Pamphylia on the east. The Lycian Civilization is well known by many remains in this area dated to the 5th and 4th century B.C. belonging to the Hellenistic and Roman Periods.


The written Egyptian and Hittite sources dated back to the 2th millennium B.C. mention a tribe called “Luka” or “Lukka” and Hittite king Suppiluliuma mentions his conquest of the “Lycia Country” in 14th century B.C. Also, written sources about the Egyptian Battle of Kadesh in 1274 B.C. calls these people as “Lukkies the sea people”.


According to the historians “Lukka” means “Land of the Light”. The nationality of the Sea Peoples remains a mystery as the only records we have of their activities are mainly Egyptian sources who only describe them in terms of battle (such as the record from the Stele at Tanis which reads, in part, “They came from the sea in their war ships and none could stand against them”).


Ruins of one of their great cities or outposts can be found on the island of Kekova, in Turkey. What is remarkable is not the stacked stone construction which you can see in the above photo, but the wall in behind, cut out of the bedrock. And that much is now under water.

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Some sources indicate that a massive earthquake caused part of the island to subside into the ocean in the second century A.D., however, since the historical record is rather sketchy as regards the Sea People, could this site and the submerged remains be even older?


The above photo may be a clue. The massive shaped wall in the background would appear to have become inundated by rising sea level rather than submergence, and the stacked stone filler (to the right) could easily have been done much later, and by an inferior culture.


The Lycians would have been, at best a Bronze Age culture, and thus, stone shaping as seen above would have been an incredibly difficult task for them


Sunken City Of Kekova In Turkey: Home Of The Ancient “Sea People”

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