Exploration of Black Sea's floor turns up wrecked ships from Byzantine and Ottoman Empires

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An international team of experts is engaged in a massive undertaking to map the floor of the Black Sea, an endeavor intended to provide insights into the water-level rise following the last Ice Age and its impact on habitation.

In the process, the mission's two powerful Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) discovered dozens of wrecked ships, with some belonging to the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

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AT SEA, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 27: (BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE) (CHINA OUT) A submersible 'Jiaolong' works at a depth of 7,062 metres on June 27, 2012 in the western Pacific Ocean. The submersible 'Jiaolong', carrying two people, reportedly reached the depth during its fifth dive into the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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AT SEA, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 27: (BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE) (CHINA OUT) A submersible 'Jiaolong' works at a depth of 7,062 metres on June 27, 2012 in the western Pacific Ocean. The submersible 'Jiaolong', carrying two people, reportedly reached the depth during its fifth dive into the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
AT SEA, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 27: (BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE) (CHINA OUT) A submersible 'Jiaolong' works at a depth of 7,062 metres on June 27, 2012 in the western Pacific Ocean. The submersible 'Jiaolong', carrying two people, reportedly reached the depth during its fifth dive into the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
AT SEA, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 19: (CHINA OUT) Submersible 'Jiaolong' is put into the sea for the second dive during a series of six scheduled ones to attempt the country's deepest-ever 7,000-meter manned dive on June 19, 2012 in At Sea, Unspecified. The submersible 'Jiaolong', carrying three people, reportedly reached a depth of 6,965 meters in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, on June 19, local time. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
AT SEA, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 19: (CHINA OUT) Submersible 'Jiaolong' is put into the sea for the second dive during a series of six scheduled ones to attempt the country's deepest-ever 7,000-meter manned dive on June 19, 2012 in At Sea, Unspecified. The submersible 'Jiaolong', carrying three people, reportedly reached a depth of 6,965 meters in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, on June 19, local time. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
AT SEA, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 27: (BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE) (CHINA OUT) A submersible 'Jiaolong' works at a depth of 7,062 metres on June 27, 2012 in the western Pacific Ocean. The submersible 'Jiaolong', carrying two people, reportedly reached the depth during its fifth dive into the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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AT SEA, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 27: (BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE) (CHINA OUT) Workers take down samples captured from the Mariana Trench on June 27, 2012 in the western Pacific Ocean. The submersible 'Jiaolong', carrying two people, reportedly reached a depth of 7,062 metres during its fifth dive into the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
AT SEA, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 19: (CHINA OUT) Submersible 'Jiaolong' is taken out of the water after completing the second dive during a series of six scheduled ones to attempt the country's deepest-ever 7,000-meter manned dive on June 19, 2012 in At Sea, Unspecified. The submersible 'Jiaolong', carrying three people, reportedly reached a depth of 6,965 meters in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, on June 19, local time. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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Though many of the vessels are recorded in history as being lost, this is the first time such reports have been substantiated with the downed ships themselves.

Further, the wrecks serve an indication of how coastal communities connected with one another over time.

Professor Jon Adams, a Black Sea initiative investigator and founding director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton, said, "The wrecks are a complete bonus, but a fascinating discovery...They are astonishingly preserved..."

He further commented, "...no-one has achieved models of this completeness on shipwrecks at these depths."

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