Black Sea Underwater Trawlers Discover Dozens of Shipwrecks

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October 24, 2016

An underwater archeology enterprise has discovered dozens of previously unknown shipwrecks from ancient times, some in excellent condition.

The Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project, in conjunction with the University of Southampton (in the U.K.) and the Expedition and Education Foundation, has been trawling the depths of the Black Sea in order to discover more about the last Ice Age, 20,000 years ago. Vessels employed for the project have reached depths of nearly 6,000 feet below sea level.

Among the techniques used by the maritime archeologists was photogrammetry, the use of software to examine high-definition still photos and, along with laser scanners, construct 3D models to approximate what the ships’ shells would have looked like in their entirety. Some wrecks are in better condition than others, thanks to the anoxic (no oxygen) conditions.

Some of the more than 40 ships discovered date to the Ottoman period; other ships date to the Byzantine Empire.

Other contributors to the Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project include research centres from Bulgaria, Greece, Sweden, and the United States.

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