What was the oldest shipwreck ever found

Oldest intact shipwreck discovered in the world

Archaeologists have found a 23-meter-long intact shipwreck in the Black Sea off the coast of Bulgaria. The researchers suspect that it has been lying undisturbed on the ocean floor there for more than 2,400 years

Archaeologists have made a sensational find 80 kilometers off the coast of Bulgaria: at a depth of over 2000 meters, they discovered what is probably the oldest intact shipwreck in the world. It is thanks to the lack of oxygen at this depth of the sea that the ship's hull, mast, oars and oar banks are still completely intact, according to the researchers.

"I would never have thought a ship so old and intact, lying in more than two kilometers of water deep, possible. It will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world," says Professor Jon Adams, senior scientist at Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project (MAP), in the official statement on this find.

Built in 400 BC

The archaeologists suspect that the wreck was a Greek merchant ship. A ship of this special type is known only from depictions on ancient Greek ceramics, such as the "Siren Vase" in the British Museum in London.

By radiocarbon dating a small sample, they found that the shipwreck is a good 2,400 years old and was built around 400 BC. According to the researchers, it is the oldest intact shipwreck in the world known to mankind. The international research team had the expedition accompanied by cameras:

The shipwreck is supposed to stay on the ocean floor

The scientists of the Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project discovered the old shipwreck as part of a three-year mapping project in which they searched 2000 square kilometers of the sea floor using sonar and a remote-controlled deep-sea camera system.

The archaeologists discovered other shipwrecks. The researchers found a total of around 60 ships on the seabed, including Roman merchant ships and a whole Cossack attack fleet from the 17th century.

The spectacular wreck of the old Greek merchant ship will remain on the seabed in the future.