World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in the Black Sea

Greek Trading Ship More Than 2,400 Years Old Found Intact In Black Sea

Greek Trading Ship More Than 2,400 Years Old Found Intact In Black Sea

A team of archaeologists has discovered what's thought to be the oldest intact shipwreck ever found, some 2,000 metres (1.2 miles) under the waters of the Black Sea.

The researchers' have focused in particular on the ancient Greek ship, of which only a small part was removed from the original location to confirm the wood's radiocarbon age.

More than 60 shipwrecks were discovered by the worldwide team of maritime archaeologists with the second oldest being carbon dated to 200 AD.

The ambitious project, which includes maritime archaeologists, scientists and surveyors, aims to unlock the mysteries of the Black Sea.

Professor Adams, who is Black Sea MAP's principal investigator, said: "A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible".

Over the course of the past three years The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP) mapped over 2000 sq km (772 sq miles) of the seabed in unprecedented detail using technology previously reserved for the oil and gas extraction industry.

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The vessel was typical of Greek trading ships that sailed the Black Sea coast to supply the empire's colonies.

The ship is believed to have been a trading vessel of a type that researchers say has only previously been seen "on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the "Siren Vase" in the British Museum". That includes a 17th-century raiding fleet launched by the Cossacks, a people who had by that time settled north of the Black Sea, near the border of modern Russian Federation and Ukraine.

The Siren Vase displays Odysseus, hero of homer's epic poem The Odyssey, bound to the mast of a vessel as Sirens try to lure sailors on to the rocks with their sweet songs.

"This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world", he added.

An undated handout picture released by Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions in London on October 23, 2018, shows the remains of an ancient Greek trading ship laying on the sea bed at the bottom of the Black Sea near Bulgaira.

Various outlets have been reporting that the British Museum is showing a two-hour documentary about the discovery today, but The Reg rang BM and a patient chap named Owen told us it was a "private screening".

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