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Archaeologists uncover world’s oldest shipwreck

An ancient Greek vessel on the bottom of the Black Sea is the oldest intact shipwreck ever found, The Guardian reports. The ship went down more than 2400 years ago off the coast of Bulgaria and now rests under 2 kilometers of water. Because of the lack of oxygen at that depth, the 23-meter-long ship is beautifully preserved with its mast, rowing benches, and rudders all intact. Researchers believe the ship was an ancient Greek trading vessel, a style of watercraft that until now was known only from ancient paintings on pottery.

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