What is the oldest shipwreck ever found?
From: Josh Newman
...I'm sure you probably know this by now, but in case you never knew The Uluburun shipwreck of the southern coast in Kas, Turkey has a date of 1306 BC. I only write this in response to a posting in saw in your weblog http://www.ahoy.tk-jk.net/macslog/Whatistheoldestshipwrecke.html
Thank you f or that.
We will add it to our AHOY site at the URL where the original shipwreck is discussed.
A pile of amphoras were at first sighted, the amphora is a two handled clay jar that was
Bob Ballard famed for his discovery of Titanic, says that the remains of the ship found was most likely a supply ship carrying a load of fish from the Black Sea back to Greece. Carbon dating of these fish bones puts them at between 2490/2280 years old.
It would appear that the oldest shipwreck found to date, is that of the 5th. BC vessel which was found in 1996 at Tektas, Burnu in Turkey. This site is located in the Agean off the west coast of Turkey, between the Greek isles of Chios and Samos.
The excavation of this ancient ship began in 1999 by the Bodium Underwater Archeology Institute headed up by George Bass.
This ship lays at a depth of 39 to 42 meters, and has some 60 amphoras in the vessel, it is reportedly but a small ship, as the Uluburum shipwreck previously excavated near Bodum had 1,500 amphoras on board.
In the central area of this site, two halves of the stock of a lead anchor were found, this is the earliest evidence of metal being used to form an anchor.
The excavation on this latest find is expected to last two years, and it is hoped to uncover unknown facts about the 5th. Century BC. This is the first ship belonging to the classical age, when the Peloponnesian wars had just started.
Map showing location of Tektas,Turkey, the site of the oldest shipwreck yet found.
One of the amphoras recovered from the wreck.
Hand painted jug found at the site of 5th.BC shipwreck at Tektas Turkey
A model of a 4th. Century BC merchant vessel.