Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Oldest in-tact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

Oldest in-tact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

Lost ancient treasures of gold, oil, wine and metalwork may be hidden in the world's oldest complete shipwreck which was discovered in the Black Sea by marine archaeologists.

Researchers on the project have mapped the ship using a pair of remotely operated vehicles and it lies at such an extreme dept (1.2 miles down) that the team says it is beyond the reach of modern divers.

The British Museum's Siren Vase depicts a ship like the one found in the Black Sea.

"A small piece of the vessel has been carbon dated and it is confirmed as the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind", the British-led Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project said in a statement on Tuesday.

Archaeologists have discovered and raised from the depths of the Black sea, an ancient ship that sank.

Odysseus, also called Ulysses, pictured lashed to mast of a similar ship on an ancient Greek vase.

It's understood the valley where it was found had been used by Greek colonists in the Archaic period, as well as a harbour for early Byzantine seafarers and later an anchorage by the Ottomans.

World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea
World's oldest ever shipwreck is discovered in Black Sea

Numerous ships fit the description of trading vessels described or depicted in ancient literature and drawings, but never seen until now. That left the ship all but undisturbed until the research team discovered it - along with dozens of other shipwrecks - during an 800 square-mile survey of the seabed. Scientists came to the conclusion that it lay at the bottom of the sea more than two thousand four hundred years.

"The Black Sea is anoxic - it doesn't have oxygen in the water beyond 150 metres down".

The Black Sea MAP project is a collaboration between the University of Southampton in Britain and the Bulgarian Centre for Underwater Archaeology, an independent institute under the the Ministry of Culture, as well as National Archaeological Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

"I would never believe that a ship from the ancient world could be there, 2km below the water and survive", said the team leader, Professor John Adams, who added that "this will change our perception of shipbuilding and navigation in antiquity ".

At this moment, the team of experts found more than 60 historic shipwrecks.

"So there's no life down there, apart from bacteria that can metabolize without oxygen", said Adams.

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