(CNN)More than a mile below the surface of the Black Sea, researchers have found a ship so old they never expected to see one like it.
The members of the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project
successfully radiocarbon dated a small piece of the ship to 400 BC. That makes this the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered.
“A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in over 2 kilometers of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” said University of Southampton professor Jon Adams, the Black Sea MAP’s principal investigator. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”