A team of researchers has found the world's oldest intact shipwreck off the coast of Bulgaria.The 75-foot boat is believed to have originated from ancient Greece. It was found more than a mile underwater, in oxygen-free conditions, which helped preserved the ship's parts, according to APTN.It's just one of several ancient vessels the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project has found over the past three years. 14 PHOTOS Ancient shipwreck discoveries made in Greece See Gallery Ancient shipwreck discoveries made in Greece Aerial view of the shipwreck beach of Epanomi near Potamos and sandbank beach in a nature reserve. Epanomi is a little town near Thessaloniki, Greece. The shipwreck beach is less than 20km away of the airport Makedonia and 30 km away from Thessaloniki city, in northern Greece. The beach is sandy, the water is crystal clear. Mostly locals visit this beach us it is not widely known yet. The last kilometer is a dirt road and there are even sand … [Read more...] about World’s oldest intact shipwreck found in mile-deep waters off Bulgarian coast
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There's a vase in the British Museum decorated with an image of Greek hero Odysseus tied to the mast of his ship as it passes the singing Sirens. It dates to around 480 B.C. to 470 B.C. For the first time, scientists have discovered a real, intact ship just like the one on the Siren Vase. It's a stunning find.The University of Southampton in the UK announced the discovery on Tuesday. Researchers with the university's Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project led an expedition to map the floor of the sea, which touches on Bulgaria, Turkey, the Ukraine and Russia, among other countries.The team found a Greek trading vessel during a survey in 2017. It sits just over 1 mile (2 kilometers) under the surface in an oxygen-free environment that's left it in a remarkable state of preservation.The researchers examined the ship with remotely operated underwater vehicles, collected a sample and carbon-dated it to around 400 B.C. The University of Southampton says this confirms the … [Read more...] about World’s oldest intact shipwreck discovered in the Black Sea
Tech & Science International Affairs A “whitish mass” found in an Egyptian tomb could be among the oldest solid cheese found to date, according to a study published in the journal Analytical Chemistry. The tomb, which is located in the vast ancient burial ground of Saqqara, belongs to Ptahmes—mayor of the ancient city of Memphis and a high-ranking official under the 19th Dynasty Pharaohs Sethi I and Ramses II (1290−1213 B.C.). During excavations in 2013-214, researchers found a jar containing the intriguing solidified material wrapped in a canvas fabric, which may have been used to preserve its contents. “The archaeologist suspected it was a kind of food left for the owner of the tomb and they decided to proceed with the chemical analyses,” Enrico Greco, an author of the study from the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Catania, Italy, told Newsweek. Recommended Slideshows 67 The Best Pictures Ever Taken in Space 47 … [Read more...] about Ancient Egypt: Did Researchers Just Find the World’s Oldest Cheese?
Tech & Science A layer of fossilized microbes that most likely lived on the floor of an ancient riverbed was discovered in South Africa. These microbes lived about 3.22 billion years ago, according to a new study published in Nature Geoscience. Researchers from the European Institute for Marine Studies discovered the fossilized microbes on what’s thought to be one of the world's oldest shorelines, in the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains of eastern South Africa, Stefan Lalonde told Live Science. A co-author of the new study, he is a geochemist from the European Institute for Marine Studies in France. The idea that life existed this early in Earth's history has been around for decades, but a lack of hard evidence has persisted, Hugo Beraldi Campesi, a geobiologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, told Live Science. He was not involved in the new research. "The problem was always the lack of hard evidence — until now," he said. … [Read more...] about Scientists Found Some Of The Oldest Evidence Of Life On Earth In South Africa
Tech & Science Animals Snakes Reptiles Two small chunks of amber contain the first known fossil snakes ever found trapped in the glassy substance, scientists have revealed. Estimated to be almost 100 million years old, one of the honey-colored hunks contains the oldest known baby snake ever discovered. These gleaming globs of amber, scientists reported in the journal Science Advances, can unlock the secrets of the ancient creatures: their evolutionary history and the environment they lived in. Skeletal remains from the Xiaophis myanmarensis snake hatchling are trapped in Burmese amber. Ming BAI/Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Workers unearthed the amber in Myanmar quarries located near the Chinese border. People have collected amber in the country for more than a century, study author Michael Caldwell told Newsweek, but the quarries have only recently started to yield significant numbers of ancient biological treasures. Recommended Slideshows 67 The Best … [Read more...] about 100 Million-year-old Baby Snake Preserved in Amber Is Oldest Ever Discovered