The oldest intact shipwreck in the world was found in the Black Sea and it is an ancient Greek ship
Archaeologists have discovered the oldest “intact” shipwreck, an ancient Greek ship that has been in the bottom of the Black Sea for more than 2,400 years.
This 23-meter-long ship was discovered with its mast, rudders and rowing benches just a little more than 1,600 meters below sea level. A lack of oxygen at that depth preserved it, the researchers said.
“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 Archaeology Project (MAP), the team that discovered the shipwreck. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world” added Adams.
The ship is believed to have been commercial, a type the researchers say they had previously seen only “in ancient Greek ceramics, such as the Siren Vase at the British Museum.