THE largest ever maritime expedition has uncovered more than sixty shipwrecks and other artefacts from as early as the 4-5th century BC. Express. The research team accidentally stumbled upon centuries old shipwrecks, including vessels from the Byzantine era, Middle Ages and Ottoman Empire.
The three year long expedition sought to look into the climate change in the Black Sea with the latest robotic laser scanning, acoustic and photogrammetic techniques.
The expedition was undertaken by the Black Sea MAP team (Maritime Archaeological Project), and was led by British Professor Jon Adams of the University of Southampton.
He was also a Deputy Director of the Mary Rose Project, in which the warship was raised from the seabed 35 years ago.
Of particular importance to the Black Sea MAP team was the impact of the sea level change during the last glacial cycle, and other changes in the ancient environment of the Black Sea region.
Most of the vessels that were discovered are 1100-1300 years old.
All the artefacts recovered from the exhibition have been 3-D printed in 100% bio-degradable material using one of the most detailed 3-D printers in the world.
Members of the science team will be hosting an Open Day on September 19 to discuss their findings.
The project is also being filmed by the award winning documentary team of Black Sea Films.
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