The Guardian is reporting that the world’s oldest shipwreck ever has been found in the Black Sea.
An ancient Greek ship with it’s mast, rudders, and benches all still in place has been found at 2400 meters deep. It has been preserved due to the lack of oxygen at that depth.
This is the first time a ship like this has ever been actually seen, other than as depictions on Greek pottery.
From the article:
“A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” said Professor Jon Adams, the principal investigator with the Black Sea Maritime ArchaeologyProject (MAP), the team that made the find. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”
This is a pretty fantastic find! I love ancient artefacts that connect us to our history like this. And it is truly amazing they we can still unearth things like this.
Read the full article here: World’s oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea