A Greek merchant ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found lying on its side off the Bulgarian coast.
The 23m (75ft) wreck, found in the Black Sea by an Anglo-Bulgarian team, is being hailed as officially the world’s oldest known intact shipwreck.
The researchers were stunned to find the merchant vessel closely resembled in design a ship that decorated ancient Greek wine vases.
The rudder, rowing benches and even the contents of its hold remain intact.
“It’s like another world,” Helen Farr from the expedition told the BBC.
Experts say that that shipwreck dates from the late 16th century to the early 17th century. The site, which is 39 feet below the water’s surface, covers an area spanning an estimated 328 feet by 164 feet.
Cascais Mayor Carlos Carreiras described the wreck as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Portugal over the last decade, according to Sky News, citing Portuguese newspaper Publico.
In a statement released Tuesday, salvage company Shinil Group confirmed that the stern of the vessel, the Dmitry Donskoi, once part of the Russian Imperial Navy, had been discovered off South Korea’s Ulleungdo Island. The 5,800-ton ironclad cruiser was badly damaged following an attack by Japanese warships during the Russo-Japanese War and was scuttled in the Sea of Japan on May 29, 1905.
By Katherine Hafner
© July 17, 2015
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown centuries-old shipwreck off the North Carolina Coast.
Marine researchers from Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon found the wreck while on a research expedition July 12.
Artifacts onboard suggest the ship could be as old as the American Revolution, according to Duke University.
Such artifacts include an iron chain, red bricks possibly from the cook’s hearth, glass bottles, a metal compass, a pile of wooden ship timbers and a navigational instrument.
“This is an exciting find, and a vivid reminder that even with major advances in our ability to access and explore the ocean, the deep sea holds its secrets close,” expedition leader Cindy Van Dover said on Duke’s website.
The ship was found more than a mile deep off the coast.
The wreck has been handed off to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to date and identify.