Archaeologists discovered what is believed to be the oldest intact shipwreck, at the bottom of the Black Sea, “Odysseus’ vessel”. According to the first reports, the over 2,400 years old keel remained at a depth of about 2 kilometers, and is still in excellent condition.
According to the Guardian, the 23-meter-long ship, which is considered ancient Greek and is similar to Odysseus’ vessel -at least as it is depicted in an ancient vase- was discovered with its tissues, rudders, and oars at a depth of 2 kilometers. According to archaeologists, it was the lack of oxygen at this depth that kept it in its excellent condition.
“A ship that survives intact from the classical period to today, and is located under nearly 2 kilometers of seawater was something I never thought could be feasible,” said Professor John Adams, “this changes our overall perception of shipbuilding and shipping to the ancient world”, he said.
In particular, this ceramic masterpiece, which is considered to be of the same period as the ship, depicts the ship of Odysseus when the Trojan War hero was hanging on the mast to hear the seductive song of the Sirens during his return journey to Ithaca after the fall of Troy.
The findings of archaeologists including more than 60 shipwrecks from the classical period, the Roman era, to the 17th century within the three-year mission, will be featured in a documentary film to be screened at the British Museum.