Expedition to seek ancient sunk ships in Black sea
Updated on: 16.06.2009, 00:54
Published on: 16.06.2009, 00:51
The ancient shores of the Black sea will be researched by an expedition of the Institute on oceanology, which started yesterday night.
This said prof. Petko Dimitrov, chief of section “Maritime geology and archaeology” in the institute, cited by Radio Varna.
The sailing with the “Academic” ship will continue for 9 days and according to the preliminary schedule will finish on 24 June. The research is with regard to the theory for the flood in the Black sea, therefore the main actions will be against Emine cape and the ancient mouth of Provadiiska river, said Dimitrov.
One of the aims of the expedition is to scan the sea bottom for sunken antique ships, explained senior associate Iliya Shtirkov. The project aims at developing the deep water archaeology and the creation of a map of the sunk ships and archaeological objects in the continental shelf.
The research is funded by fund “Scientific research” at the Ministry of education. Because of the soft bottom mud, the lack of oxygen and the availability of hydrogen
sulphide the Black sea has the unique opportunities to preserve different historical monuments.
In ancient times the sailing in the Black sea was extremely intensive because of the constant trade relations between the towns situated in today’s Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine and Romania.
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