Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

MAP Scientists Find World's Oldest Intact Shipwrecked Vessel Beneath Black Sea

MAP Scientists Find World's Oldest Intact Shipwrecked Vessel Beneath Black Sea

The world's oldest intact shipwreck has been found at the bottom of the Black Sea - where it had been laying undisturbed for more than 2,400 years, archaeologists said Tuesday.

The shape and design of the ship bear great similarities to that of a ship seen on the famous "Siren Vase" that resides in the British Museum.

More than 60 shipwrecks were discovered by the global team of maritime archaeologists with the second oldest being carbon dated to 200 AD.

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP) said it spent three years combing the depths of the Black Sea using remote-controlled deep water camera systems which can provide ultra high-definition images from more than 1.2 miles (2km) below the surface.

The team, which is comprised of members from the United Kingdom and Bulgaria, discovered the ship lying on the floor of the sea more than two kilometres below the sea.

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The project to map the Black Sea floor was set up to research the impact of changes in prehistoric sea levels and flooding in the region.

Over the past 600 years, Europe's Black Sea has been one of the maritime areas hit hardest by war and nationalism. It dates to around 480 470 B.C. For the first time, scientists have discovered a real, intact ship just like the one on the Siren Vase. We understand the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Expedition conference will be making some of the data available to the Wellcome Collection in Euston, London, and we've asked it for further info.

The shipwreck was discovered during late 2017, archaeologists confirmed Tuesday.

A team of researchers from Britain and Bulgaria found the skeleton of a Greek trading vessel during an exhaustive survey of 772 square miles (2,000 sq km) of seabed. "This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world". It discovered some 60 shipwrecks, including a 17th century Cossack raiding fleet and Roman trading vessels carrying amphorae.

Various outlets have been reporting that the British Museum is showing a two-hour documentary about the discovery today, but The Reg rang BM and a patient chap named Owen told us it was a "private screening".

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