Secrets of the Black Sea: Two wrecks, 2,000 years old, discovered in the deep

Lately, in the depths of the Black Sea several archaeological investigations have taken place. As a first step, the remains of 41 vessels built between the 9th and 19th centuries were discovered.

Recently, a second research has led to the identification of two more ancient wrecks. The two ships, one Roman and one Greek, were commercial boats and sank nearly 2,000 years ago.


Roman ship, very well preserved

The Roman vessel was found not far from the city of Sevastopol (Crimea), following a sonar scan. Then the divers went down to 85 meters deep to explore it.

Drop-drivers Pavel Lapşin and Roman Dunaev, members of the Neptune Expedition, ventured deep in order to shoot and shoot. Then the images were analyzed by experts.

“The vessel has retained its shape due to the unusual conditions in the depths of the Black Sea, where light is hardly penetrating, and oxygen is missing,  Dunaev said.

Historian Viktor Lebedinski studied the images and said that the wreck is a Romanian commercial pot, probably from the 1st to the 3rd centuries.

How did the archaeologist reach this conclusion? First, the anchor, which was built according to Roman techniques.


An important breakthrough

The images also helped to establish that the vessel was circular in shape and was probably used to carry large loads.

The ancient wreck measures almost 22 meters in length and six meters in width.

“If anchor analysis is accurate and it is a Roman wreck, we are dealing with a unique discovery. It is the first Roman pot discovered in Crimea in such a good state, “Dunaev said.

If they get enough money, members of the Neptune Expedition would like to return here and next year to study the artifacts that might be hidden in the wreck.


And the Greeks left their wrecks in the Black Sea


Reproduction of a Greek galley


Recently, a team from the Institute of Archeology of the National Academy of Archeology of Ukraine and the Institute of Archeology in Warsaw made another archaeological discovery in the Black Sea.

Underwater archaeologists have identified a 2500-year-old Greek merchant navy, sank near the coast of the Mikolaiv region.

This is one of the oldest wrecks found in the region so far.

“This vessel is one of the oldest discovered in the northern Black Sea. It belonged to the ancient Greek sailors, from the 5th century BC – the colonization period of the northern Black Sea, ” said the expedition leader, Viaceslav Gerasimov.

The team wants to finish their research before deciding what to do with the wreck.

Conservation is the main target, which is why the Greek vessel will remain where it is, at least for the moment.

According to the Greek Reporter, there are still no pictures or wrecks available.

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