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World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered

By T.K. Randall
October 23, 2018 · Comment icon 9 comments

The shipwreck offers a unique glimpse in to the past. Image Credit: Black Sea MAP / EEF Expeditions
The wreck of a wooden vessel dating back 2,400 years has been found at the bottom of the Black Sea.
Believed to be an ancient Greek trading vessel, the remarkably intact shipwreck was discovered by an international team of researchers from the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP).

It is so old in fact that vessels of this type had only previously been seen in ancient artwork.

"A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible," said expedition principal investigator Professor Jon Adams.
"This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world."

The wreck is one of several dozen found in the region over the last few years.

It is thought that the environment of the Black Sea, which is unable to support the types of organisms that typically feed on wooden shipwrecks, has played a major role in the preservation of the vessels.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
Cool find !
Comment icon #2 Posted by AllPossible 5 years ago
Wonder what made it sink..
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
That's pretty awesome. Maybe it could be brought up intact if we encased it in or permeated it with some kind of polymer...Like when they plasticize corpses for those Body exhibits you don't see anymore. I don't think that'd be possible to do to a whole ship that's under water, though.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Almighty Evan 5 years ago
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 expedition principal investigator Professor Jon Adams." Divers in the video are at 2,000+ meters deep? Wonder if it should have read feet... "An atmospheric diving suit allows very deep dives of up to 2,000 feet (610 m). These suits are capable of withstanding the pressure at great depth permitting the diver to remain at normal atmospheric pressure. This eliminates the problems associated with breathing high-pressure gases." Source: http... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
I was also wondering how the sea water didn't dissolve the wood after all this time. And to be a smarta$$ to AllPossible - It sank because it took on water. - Sorry it's been one of those days.  I can't believe the hassle of buying a house now as compared to when I moved south in 1983.  It would drive anyone to drink.  Luckily for me, it's a short drive!
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
As the title says, this fascinating find is the oldest, but it is not the only one found, infact, there have been many  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Gecks 5 years ago
Iceberg? No, generally from what Ive read on the early trading ships the sides of them arent very high. Quite often they would get caught in bad storms and it took little for a wave to get over the sides and take on water and topple them. If they had an uneven or heavy weight of cargo... vessels etc it was worse.  But other explanations I suppose could be black sea triangle, giant squid, jaws, sea serpant, sabotage, time paradox torpedo attack....
Comment icon #8 Posted by jaylemurph 5 years ago
Not a scientist, so take this with some salt, but... I believe the water at the bottom of the Black Sea is very low in oxygen, so very little lives there to decompose the wood. --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #9 Posted by MyOtherAccount 5 years ago
Did some work on the photo.*  You will love this full zoom! -- click for the link, then click again for the max. zoom! * PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/23/oldest-intact-shipwreck-thought-to-be-ancient-greek-discovered-at-bottom-of-black-sea


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