OLDEST INTACT SHIPWRECK DISCOVERED
The Black Sea has been harbouring a sunken treasure
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