OLD­EST IN­TACT SHIP­WRECK DIS­COV­ERED

The Black Sea has been har­bour­ing a sunken trea­sure

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A n An­cient Greek trad­ing ves­sel has been dis­cov­ered at the bot­tom of the Black Sea af­ter more than 2,400 years – mak­ing it the old­est in­tact ship­wreck we know of.

It was found 80 kilo­me­tres off the coast of Bur­gas by an An­glo-Bul­gar­ian team of marine re­searchers, and re­sem­bles a style of boat pre­vi­ously only seen on An­cient Greek drink­ing vases. “A ship, sur­viv­ing in­tact, from the Clas­si­cal world, ly­ing in over two kilo­me­tres of water, is some­thing I would never have be­lieved pos­si­ble,” says Pro­fes­sor Jon Adams from the Univer­sity of Southamp­ton, who took part in the ex­pe­di­tion. “This will change our un­der­stand­ing of ship­build­ing and sea­far­ing in the an­cient world.”

The low lev­els of oxy­gen in water at that depth is thought to have helped pre­serve the ship. More fund­ing is needed to en­able ex­perts to re­turn to the site and dis­cover if the ship was car­ry­ing any pre­cious cargo.

The ves­sel could have been built around 400 BC

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