Scientists Discover 40 Ancient Ships Found At Bottom of Dead Sea, Date Back Hundreds of Years

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Believed To Be From The Byzantine Empire

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Photogrammetric model of a wreck from Ottoman period. (Image by Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz/University of Southampton)

(FOX NEWS) – A shipwreck graveyard of more than 40 vessels which lay perfectly preserved for centuries has been discovered by scientists at the bottom of the Black Sea.

Researchers came across the ghostly wrecks by chance while mapping the sea floor at depths of between 1,000 feet and almost 6,000 feet.

At those depths there is so little oxygen that the timbers hardly decay – meaning wooden structures and even intricate carvings that are many hundreds of years old are still intact.

And they have been brought back to life with 3D imaging technology that reveals detailed pictures of the wrecks without disturbing the seabed.

Archaeologists have long believed there was a “dead zone” beneath the surface but had not yet found evidence of its existence.

Now the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project, led by the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology, has made an astonishing find near the coast of Bulgaria.

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