Over a thousand-year-old Greek trading vessel was discovered at the bottom of the ocean after years of intense searching. The shipwreck appears to be the oldest and most intact ever found. Scientists carbon dated the ship back to around 400BC.
At a depth of more than 2km’s underwater, organic material is preserved due to the lack of oxygen. The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project was thrilled by this key discovery. The team is also credited with the findings of 60 other vessels in the Black Sea. Jon Adams, an archaeology professor, had the following to say in a statement to the press: “A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible. This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”
The Black Sea is a massive inland body of water connected to both South East Europe and Asia. The sea joins the Mediterranean Sea by the Bosporus. The shores of the Black Sea were navigated by Greek seafarers, and later the Romans. Today it serves as a critical link for commercial shipping between.
Vessels of this kind typically carried pottery, wine vases, and other fine artworks. A vase depicting a scene from The Odyssey was uncovered on a previous shipwreck. These inscriptions and stories piece together a history of the classical Greece of which we still know so little about.
The team hopes to unravel insights into the ancient lives of the Greeks. The team also plans on releasing a documentary detailing all their findings. Discoveries of this nature always inspire searchers to carry on with their efforts.