Oldest Shipwreck Ever Found

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

War on Wildlife

Orangutans are losing there homes thanks to us!

Photograph: Bjorn Vaughn/AP

Here is yet another sad tale, from the Guardian, about the destruction of nature by humans.

On the 11th and 12th of October, London will be hosting a summit to discuss the illegal destruction of nature and various wildlife species. It’s a problem that officials are saying isn’t being taken seriously enough.

With what’s being called the 6th great mass extinction being blamed on human activities, something has got to change quickly. The article reports that, “Over 80% of all mammals and half of plants are thought to have been lost since the rise of human civilisation.” That is a pretty depressing statistic.

I often think about what we have been robbed of by the generations that came before us and am astounded by their short-sightedness and greed. Nothing has changed!

I often refer people to these harrowing images, taken not that long ago, of buffalo skulls piled high:

Proudly displaying buffalo massacre.Buffalo skulls for bone china.

Imagine what North America must have looked like to the European settlers; a bounty of wildlife – more fish, trees, buffalo, etc. than they had ever seen. And what did they then proceed to do? Destroy it all. …in record time.

It is hard to fathom how anyone could think this was acceptable. …but we haven’t stopped.

Read more about the summit: ‘Terror being waged on wildlife’, leaders warn