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Black Sea Shipwreck Is Oldest Discovered Intact, Scientists Say

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:05 AM

In the Black Sea, a shipwreck thought to be the world's oldest intact was discovered by a team of maritime archaeologists, scientists and surveyors, who believe the find is a Greek trading vessel whose design had previously been seen only on ancient pottery.

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology project says it found the wreck off the Bulgarian coast at a depth of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in oxygen-free conditions that preserved its components. The group says the vessel has been carbon dated to more than 2,400 years ago.

The project has spent three years surveying the area using technology previously available largely to oil companies. It discovered some 60 shipwrecks, including a 17th century Cossack raiding fleet and Roman trading vessels carrying amphorae.

A documentary on the project will open Tuesday at the British Museum.

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In the Black Sea, a shipwreck thought to be the world's oldest intact was discovered by a team of maritime archaeologists, scientists and surveyors, who believe the find is a Greek trading vessel whose design had previously been seen only on ancient pottery.
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