Oldest shipwreck ever found
Last updated: October 28, 2018 at 21:02 pm
14th or 13th century B.C. — Uluburun, Turkey. The wreck was discovered by a Turkish sponge diver Mehmet Çakir at a depth of 46 m (150 ft) in 1982. It is believed to be Levantine or Cypriot in origin. The shipwreck was thoroughly explored by Dr. George Bass of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (Texas, USA) during 11 years. The cargo included gold, ivory, tin, copper, glass, ebony, ostrich eggshells, opercula, tortoise carapaces, and resin for burning incense.
A Classical shipwreck discovered by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project in 2018 is not the oldest known shipwreck in the world. The vessel, which is believed to have sunk circa 400 B.C., may nonetheless be the oldest “intact” shipwreck discovered as of October 2018.
Institute of Nautical Archaeology
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