Monday 12 November 2018

2,400-year-old shipwreck may hold priceless treasure trove

 

The ship remained completely intact after being buried in the silty, oxygen-free sediment of the seabed for more than 2,400 years. Photo credit: Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project/PA Wire
The ship remained completely intact after being buried in the silty, oxygen-free sediment of the seabed for more than 2,400 years. Photo credit: Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project/PA Wire

Sarah Knapton

Lost ancient treasures of gold, oil, wine and metalwork may be hidden in the world's oldest complete shipwreck, discovered in the Black Sea by marine archaeologists.

An international team of researchers, including experts from the University of Southampton in England, found the intact skeleton of the Greek trading vessel 80km off Bulgaria. It has been carbon dated to 400BC and still has an upright mast and rowing benches. The ship remained completely intact after being buried in the silty, oxygen-free sediment of the seabed for more than 2,400 years.

Archaeologists believe the goods may still be trapped in the hold and are hoping to raise funding to return to hunt for sunken treasure.

The ship was a trading vessel, so could contain grain, gold, wine, oil or priceless metalwork.

It may have survived because the Black Sea has no oxygen beyond a depth of 150m.

Irish Independent

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