(ORDO NEWS) — A group of archaeologists discovered a Roman ship at the bottom of the waters in the vicinity of the ancient sunken port of Barbir.
The ship is 2,000 years old, and it has been perfectly preserved to this day.
As early as 2021, the approximate location of this ship was established, and only now have scientists announced the successful operation.
The discovery was made by the International Center for Underwater Archeology in cooperation with the German Archaeological Institute.
The multinational team has come a long way and was able to share the results of their research.
In 2021, researchers found coins from the time of Emperor Constantine and pieces of wood in this place. The group decided that there must be a ship nearby.
Therefore, a large-scale underwater survey was launched, during which the vessel was discovered. It was first spotted on aerial photographs.
Having received complete clarity of the picture, the archaeologists began work. The nine-meter ship was buried in layers of sand at a depth of about 2 meters.
Port Barbir was first discovered in 1973. In the ancient world, it was a thriving city and trading center during the Roman period.
According to a preliminary estimate, the ship is 2,000 years old. It was built in the 1st or 2nd century BC. Case samples have already been sent to France.
An analysis of the wood will be carried out there, which will help to establish the exact date, type of wood of the ship.
Scientists will also be able to understand whether this ship arrived at the port or was built in Barbira.
It is worth noting that after such a long stay in the water, the ship was well preserved. Its entire frame is intact, although some parts have been damaged by shipworms.
In order to preserve the remains, scientists decided to leave the wreckage of the ship buried under sand, geotextiles and stones.
In 2023, the team plans to return to the site and retrieve the remaining parts of the ship.
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