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Protected by the oxygen-free water at the seafloor, the ship has been sitting undisturbed since 400 B.C., researchers from the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP) announced Tuesday (Oct. 23). It is a Greek vessel that looks like something the mythical hero Odysseus could have sailed literally. According to the researchers, a very similar vessel is painted on the side of the British Museum's "Siren Vase," which depicts Odysseus chained to the mast of his ship as it sails past the sweet-voiced sirens.
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"A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in over 2 kilometers [1.2 miles] of water, is something I would never have believed possible," University of Southampton archaeologist Jon Adams, leader of the Black Sea MAP, said in the statement. "This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world."

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The ship was discovered in the fall of 2017, on the third of three survey trips to the Black Sea. Led by Adams, Lyudmil Vagalinsky of the Bulgarian Academy of Science and Kalin Dimitrov of the Center of Underwater Archaeology in Bulgaria, the research team surveyed 770 square miles (2,000 square kilometers) of the seabed during all three seasons.

The investigations turned up more than 60 shipwrecks, including some previously reported to date back to the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. The Black Sea has only a narrow connection to the Mediterranean Sea, so it drains poorly. And the Black Sea is fed by freshwater from the surrounding land, which floats on top of the saltier water closer to the bottom. This salty layer is extremely low in oxygen, which keeps wood-eating microbes away from shipwrecks on the seafloor. For that reason, even centuries-old ships look as if they went down yesterday. [Gallery: Shipwrecks of the Black Sea]

The Greek vessel sits about 1.2 miles (2 km) deep. The researchers used radiocarbon dating to show that the wreck dates back more than 2,400 years. The ship rests on its side, its mast and prow clearly visible and unbroken.
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I love stuff like this. I was in my glory when they found the Atocha.
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