Scientists from the United Kingdom and Bulgaria found on the bottom of the Black sea the ancient ship, discovered to date.

The shape and design of the ship bear great similarities to that of a ship seen on the famous "Siren Vase" that resides in the British Museum.

"A small piece of the vessel has been carbon dated and it is confirmed as the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind", the British-led Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project said in a statement on Tuesday.


The reason the trading vessel remained in such good condition for so long is that the water in the area is anoxic, or free of oxygen.

The project - which seeks to better understand the origins of the Black Sea boundaries and sea level change - has found more than 60 shipwrecks within the past three years.

According to the statement from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, one of the organizations behind the Anglo-Bulgarian expedition, the vessel design was "previously only seen on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the "Siren Vase" in the British Museum". The time of its creation coincides with the fact that dates and the emergence of the found ship.


The shipwreck has also revealed just how far from shore ancient Greek traders ventured, showing they travelled across the sea, in open water, and did not just sail along the coast.

The Black Sea MAP researchers haven't had an opportunity to explore the ship's contents, which could contain some precious and archaeologically significant cargo.

"I would never believe that a ship from the ancient world could be there, 2km below the water and survive", said the team leader, Professor John Adams, who added that "this will change our perception of shipbuilding and navigation in antiquity ". "We're talking about still preserved ropes, shipwrecks that literally look as if they had sunk yesterday", Garbov said. Other finds vary between "17th-century Cossack raiding fleet, through Roman trading vessels, complete with amphorae, to a complete ship from the classical period". It was discovered more than 80 kilometres off the Bulgarian city of Burgas.


As Prof Adams says: "This assemblage must comprise one of the finest underwater museums of ships and seafaring in the world".

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