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Oldest Shipwreck Discovered in Black Sea

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Archaeologists discovered the world’s oldest known shipwreck in the Black Sea, dating back to more than 2,400 years old. The ship is an ancient Greek trading ship and dates back to around 400 BC.

The ship’s mast, rudder, rowing benches, and even its contents, are amazingly still intact. Because of the depth that the ship is at(more than 2,000m below the surface),the water is anoxic, or has no oxygen. The lack of oxygen has helped preserve the ship for over 2,400 years.

Researchers also note that the ship looks interestingly similar in style to the ship depicted on the Siren Vase. The vase dates back to around 480 BC and shows ancient Greek hero Odysseus strapped to the mast of the ship as he passes the Sirens, creatures in Greek mythology that have features of both a woman and a bird and lure sailors to their death with their singing.

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The Siren Vase

The discovery of the ship will be very beneficial to researchers. “A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” says Professor Jon Adams, the principal investigator of the team that found the shipwreck. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”

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Oldest Shipwreck Discovered in Black Sea