World's oldest intact shipwreck found in Black Sea
LONDON - AFP
During the three-year project, researchers used specialist remote deep-water camera systems previously used in offshore oil and gas exploration to map the sea floor.
"A small piece of the vessel has been carbon dated and it is confirmed as the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind," the project said in a statement.
The water at that depth is oxygen-free, meaning that organic material can be preserved for thousands of years.
"A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible," said Professor Jon Adams from the University of Southampton in southern England, the project's main investigator.
"This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world," he said.