Bulgaria: Ancient world shipwreck found in Black Sea

Written by on September 19, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Bulgaria: Ancient world shipwreck found in Black Sea

The annual survey by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeological Project has found a number of previously unknown shipwrecks at the bottom of the Black Sea.

Speaking to Bulgarian National Television (BNT), Dragomir Garbov from the Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Sozopol, one of the partners in the project, described the finds as among the most important discoveries in marine archaeology’s history.

Garbov said that the surveys found an ancient ship that was very well preserved, almost in its entirety. It included “many elements that are completely unknown to science so far”.

Another scientist involved, Kroum Batchvarov from the University of Connecticut said that the ship’s mast was broken but its lower part was still in place. “There is a full load of amphorae. We saw at least two types of amphorae and we found ceramics, kitchen ceramics and part of the galley,” he was quoted as saying

Processing all samples found and analysing all the data could take years, according to the report.

In June, Bulgaria’s Cabinet had given permission to the Norwegian research vessel Havila Subsea to enter the country’s territorial waters, and to take part in the Black Sea Maritime Archaeological Project from August to October.

The main objective of the project was collecting information to track climate and sea level changes, and to establish how these changes have affected the cultural development of Black Sea coastal communities.

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