October 23, 2018

The oldest intact shipwreck in the world found in the Black Sea.

An ancient Greek commercial ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found practically intact at the bottom of the Black Sea.
The ship is one of more than 60 shipwrecks, including Roman ships and a seventeenth-century Cossack assault fleet identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeological Project.
During the three-year project, researchers used specialized deepwater remote camera systems that were previously used in offshore oil and gas exploration to map the seabed.

The ship, which is on the side with the tree and the rudders intact, dates back to 400 BC, when the Black Sea was a commercial center full of Greek colonies.
The project team said the ship, previously only visible in an intact state on the side of ancient Greek pottery, was found at a depth of over 2,000 meters (6,500 feet).
The water at that depth is oxygen-free, which means that the organic material can be stored for thousands of years. The principal investigator of the project said that this would change the understanding of shipbuilding and navigation in the ancient world.

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