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For those who don't have time to read or research, the Black sea has a particularity where the top layer of water does no mix with the bottom layer, resulting in a deprivation of oxygen (anoxic water) where bacterium and other organism that normally "eat" shipwrecks are less abundant...
The anoxic layer therefore acts as a natural preservative and makes it possible to find ancient shipwrecks that would have normally disappeared elsewhere.
**this is simplified to the max, not intended to be a PHD thesis**
Will they be attempting to raise the ships, or is that too risky?
Did they find that Diamond that Britney Spears fucking threw down there like a total early 2000's cunt?
This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4898204/Experts-graveyard-60-preserved-ancient-shipwrecks.html
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> Dozens of perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of the Black Sea.A total of 60 wrecks were discovered dating back as far as 2,500 years, including galleys from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
> Dozens of perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of the Black Sea.
> HISTORY OF THE BLACK SEA Many of the colonial and commercial activities of ancient Greece and Rome, and of the Byzantine Empire, centred on the Black Sea.After 1453, when the Ottoman Turks occupied Constantinople, the Black Sea was virtually closed to foreign commerce.
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Amazing story. There was a 1976 book that predicted the dead zone of the Black Sea would hold perfectly preserved ships.
>In a 1976 book titled Deep Water, Ancient Ships, ocean explorer Willard Bascom theorized that low oxygen levels below 650 feet in the Black Sea would exclude wood-boring organisms that consume wooden wrecks in shallower water. He even predicted that the "perfect ship" would be found sitting upright on the sea bottom, its mast still upright.
>Ballard's 2000 expedition found just such a ship, and three others, less well-preserved. Carbon dating linked them all to the Roman or Byzantine periods, between the 4th and 6th centuries. The three less-intact ships, found just 330 feet down, spilled their cargoes, packed in clay jugs called amphorae. But the deep-water wreck's secrets would have to be excavated.
So... How many days do you think it will be before we start seeing pictures of a shirtless Putin supposedly recovering priceless artifacts from said ships?
this could be a good archeological project to be financed and conducted directly from Brussels.
I wonder if they'll find a viking ship, that would be so cool.