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Zambratija - the amazing wreck of a hand-sewn boat dating back 3,000 years will be brought to the surface

Published: June 17, 2023 - 17:59
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 02:34
Zambratija – the amazing wreck of a hand-sewn boat dating back 3,000 years will be brought to the surface

In early July, researchers will bring to the surface the wreck of the Zambratija hand-sewn boat, which has been described as about 3,000 years old.

The wreck of an ancient hand-sewn boat found off the Croatian coast will soon be raised to the surface by specialists. The vessel, named Zambratija, is an object of special interest to archaeologists and will be studied by them in detail.

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Researchers hope that after the raising scheduled for July 2 and transporting the wreck to a scientific facility, this unique ship will provide answers to many questions about ancient ways of shipbuilding.

Marine archaeologist on the wreck of the Zambratija
Marine archaeologist on the wreck of the Zambratija Photo by Philippe Groscaux/Mission Adriboats/CNRS/CCJ

Zambratija wreck

Measuring 11 meters in length, the wreck was found in Zambratija Bay thanks to information obtained from local fisherman in 2008. Although many ancient shipwrecks have already been discovered in Croatia, the remains of a vessel dating to the 12th-10th century BC have caused a real sensation.

It is highly probable that in this case we are dealing with the oldest wreck of a hand-sewn boat ever found in Mediterranean waters.

The wooden elements of the boat’s hull were joined together using elastic fibers. This technique, which would seem to be very original, was known and used all over the globe. It was used even after the invention and popularization of metal elements, which were made to join parts of the boat’s planking.

The researchers also pointed out that the well-preserved wreck is a priceless example of the region’s ancient maritime traditions. That is why securing it and conducting detailed research is so important. Archaeologists hope that by having the wreck on the surface, they will be able, among other things, to more precisely determine its age and origin.

Dealing with remains of this caliber is a delicate matter, and every step of the process requires the utmost precautions to preserve this unique vessel – the official press release said.

Once the wreck is fully preserved and the examination is completed, the vessel will go on display at a museum in Pula. It will certainly be a great attraction for tourists and history enthusiasts visiting Croatia.

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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