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A Polish-Ukrainian expedition has discovered a 2500 year old wreck!

Last week a wonderful find fell prey to archaeologists in the waters of the Black Sea! During work near the town of Nikolayev in Ukraine, the wreck of an ancient Greek trading ship over 2,500 years old was found! According to the available information, due to the special underwater conditions, the wreck is preserved in
Published: August 13, 2018 - 10:30
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:08
A Polish-Ukrainian expedition has discovered a 2500 year old wreck!

Last week a wonderful find fell prey to archaeologists in the waters of the Black Sea! During work near the town of Nikolayev in Ukraine, the wreck of an ancient Greek trading ship over 2,500 years old was found!

According to the available information, due to the special underwater conditions, the wreck is preserved in sensational condition and is one of the finest finds in the northern part of the Black Sea. The state of preservation of the find has started discussions on the possible raising and excavation of the wreck.

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The authors of the discovery are researchers from Poland and Ukraine working as part of a joint expedition between the Ukrainian Institute of Archaeology NAS and the Institute of Archaeology of Warsaw University. Conducting work in the waters of the Black Sea in the Nikolayev area, the archaeologists found a wreck, which is one of the oldest finds of its kind made in this area. It is believed that the ship may be a merchant vessel, which travelled on ancient trade routes to Olbia or Chersonese.

Olbia is an ancient Greek city located on the southern mouth of the Bug River, which was founded in the 7th century BC. The port of Olbia is known for being the central trading hub of Greece on the Black Sea, dealing in grain, fish and slave trade. The settlement was eventually incorporated into Lower Messia during the Roman period and abandoned in the 4th century during the Gothic Wars.

Vyacheslav Gerasimov, head of the International Black Sea Archaeological Expedition, said the ship could be raised. The conditions in the waters of the Black Sea, which include little light or oxygen, have allowed the vessel to be preserved in magnificent condition. However, everything depends on certain conditions, the fulfilment of which will be determined during further research.

[blockquote style=”2″]”This ship is one of the oldest known wrecks in the northern Black Sea. The ship belonged to ancient Greek sailors and dates to the 5th century BC, the period of colonisation of the northern Black Sea region. Raising will only be possible if certain conditions are met. Everything that lay this long under water must be excavated and stored properly, otherwise it will simply disintegrate,” said Vyacheslav Gerasimov.[/blockquote]

Ancient Greece had an extremely developed merchant fleet, trading goods with the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations during the Bronze Age. The Greeks quickly dominated trade in the region, extending their reach across the Mediterranean to Egypt, Phoenicia, Asia Minor and the Black Sea.

Source: thehistorypit.com

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