Underwater archaeology is a field that has been making some incredible discoveries in recent years. One of the most impressive finds in this area has been the uncovering of an ancient shipwreck that is estimated to be around 3,000 years old. It was discovered off the coast of Istria and Dalmatia and named as “Zambratija boat”. This particular find could provide new insight on naval traditions from centuries ago.
This remarkable discovery was first reported by local fishermen who noticed something unusual in their nets while out fishing. The archaeologists from French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) soon realized that it was indeed an ancient vessel and set out to investigate further. What they found astonished them, as it turned out to be a 39-foot-long hand-sewn boat which is believed to be one of the oldest ever found in the Mediterranean Sea.
The condition of this extraordinary find was surprisingly well preserved despite being submerged underwater for so many centuries. A 23-foot section of it looks almost like new, suggesting that there must have been very little contact with oxygen or other elements since its sinking. As such, researchers are taking extreme caution when handling remains like these so as not to damage them in any way during the transportation or restoration process.
Experts plan on reconstructing this ancient vessel using 3D techniques and determining more accurate dates for its construction along with identifying materials used for sewing and shaping wood components used at the time. Furthermore, they also plan to use water-soluble wax called polyethylene glycol which can impregnate wooden remains thus helping prevent them from disintegrating when moved out from a watery environment where they had been resting undisturbed all these years.
After undergoing restoration work and desalination process at the Archaeological Museum of Istria, this incredibly well-preserved shipwreck could offer valuable insight into maritime history dating back thousands of years ago – something which otherwise would not have been possible without advances made in underwater archaeology technology over the past few decades!
Sources: Good News Network