Ancient Ghost Ships Found Beneath The Black Sea

Posted: Oct 25 2016, 10:38am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 25 2016, 10:55am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

Ancient Ghost Ships Found Beneath the Black Sea
Photogrammetric model of a wreck from Ottoman period. Credit: Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz.
  • Many Age-Old Destroyed Vessels found on the Floor of the Black Sea
 

Many age-old destroyed vessels were found on the floor of the Black Sea recently.

Archaeologists have unearthed 41 shipwrecks that were sequestered at the bottom of the Black Sea. The site where they were present lay between Southeastern Europe and Western Asia.

This finding occurred as the team of researchers scoured the bottom of the ocean close to the coast of Bulgaria. Remote operated vehicles (ROVs) scanned the site to see how water levels rose after the previous ice age. 

The wrecks acted as a surplus discovery. Yet they were a fascinating find. The intensive geophysical survey thus turned out to be a bonanza in disguise.

These shipwrecks are well-preserved thanks to the lack of oxygen beneath the Black Sea. The ROVs enabled the team of researchers to record the scene so many leagues underneath the sea with fidelity and precision.

One of the twin ROVs had a high resolution camera on board. It yielded a reconstruction of images in 3D photogrammetry. Also the other ROV was built for quickness and utility.

It sped along its way beneath the ocean much faster than usual. Lights, a laser scanner and various paraphernalia were on board this special ROV. 

The two ROVs have traversed a distance of 1250 km. They have also reached a depth of 1800 meters. Employing the latest 3D recording methods, some mindboggling images have been taken of the shipwrecks.

This discovery will help explain how ancient cultures employed the sea via seafaring vessels thousands of years ago. Ships of both the Byzantium and the Ottoman Empires have been identified up until now.

They have lent researchers a peek into the past history. The next step is to analyze the ships and extract what can be extracted from them for further research purposes. 

As said previously, uncovering the shipwrecks was not the original goal of the research effort. Gauging sea level changes was the prime objective. Some of the heated debate concerning how the water levels rose might get answered soon.

A lot needs to be salvaged from this mirror of the past that has been preserved in a permanent form at the bottom of the Black Sea.

Some of the photographs that were snapped of these ancient shipwrecks were simply awesome to behold. They will improve our knowledge regarding the past and show us the evolutionary ladder followed on a cultural level through the ages. 

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