Published: Tue, October 23, 2018

World’s ‘oldest intact shipwreck’ discovered in murky depths of Black Sea

World’s ‘oldest intact shipwreck’ discovered in murky depths of Black Sea

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology project says it found the wreck off the Bulgarian coast at a depth of 2 kilometers, or 1.2 miles, in oxygen-free conditions that preserved its components.

The 23-metre vessel was uncovered as part of the Black Sea Maritime Archaeological Project, with the worldwide group of archaeologists, scientists and marine surveyors concluding that the vessel had been laying untouched for over 2,4000 years.

"This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world", said research project team member Jon Adams.

The Black Sea has always been an important trade route between Europe and Asia, meaning it's been a hub of activity for countless cultures and civilizations, including the Greeks, Persians, Scythians, Romans, Goths, Huns, Crusaders, and Ottomans, to name but a few.

A 2,400-year-old shipwreck - the oldest ever discovered intact - has been found on the bottom of the Black Sea after three years of cutting-edge mapping of the seabed.

The ship is believed to have been a trading vessel, similar to ones depicted on ancient Greek pottery, like the "Siren Vase" which is exhibited at the British Museum, according to The Guardian UK.


The ship, which is lying on its side with its mast and rudders intact, was dated back to 400 BC - a time when the Black Sea was a trading hub filled with Greek colonies.

"This is an incredible find".

The survey was originally focused on measuring sea level change in the region, so to better understand how ancient populations adapted to climate change.

"Over 60 shipwrecks, varying in age from a 17th century Cossack raiding fleet, through Roman trading vessels complete with amphorae to a complete ship from the Classical period, were found across the 3 year period", the team wrote in a statement. Incredibly, modern eyes have only seen this type of ship before as an illustration on the "Siren Vase", a stunningly decorated vase depicting the ship of Odysseus, which is now in the British Museum.

An worldwide team of scientists and researchers have stumbled upon an ancient discovery at the bottom of the Black Sea.

The findings are documented in a two-hour documentary project, which is also due to be released.

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