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40 Shipwrecks in Black Sea Accidentally Discovered

40 shipwrecks have been discovered in the Black Sea. These findings are part of the Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project conducted by a team of maritime researchers.

Photogrammetric model of Ottoman shipwreck. Photo credits: Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz.

Photogrammetric model of Ottoman shipwreck. Photo credits: Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz.

The original aim of the study was to investigate the rise in water level that occurred in the aftermath of the last Ice Age (around 20,000 years ago). The team was, therefore, surprised to find something else altogether: 40 ships lying on the ocean floor, never documented before.

“The wrecks are a complete bonus, but a fascinating discovery, found during the course of our extensive geophysical surveys,” says lead researchers, Jon Adams from the University of Southampton.

Interestingly, many of these ships have been found to be in good condition. The researchers explain that this would be due to the low concentrations of oxygen at depths exceeding 150 metres.

Still photographs of the shipwrecks were taken by the researchers. Apparently, some of the vessels date back to the Byzantine empire while others were contemporaneous with the Ottoman one.

Model of Byzantine wreck with Surveyor ROV. Photo credits: Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz.

Model of Byzantine wreck. Photo credits: Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz.

Adams’ team has used a technique called photogrammetry to generate 3D models that show hulls, masts, rudders, and tillers.

“Certainly no one has achieved models of this completeness on shipwrecks at these depths,” says Adams.


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