75-foot shipwreck discovered perfectly intact more than a mile underwater

A team of researchers has found the world's oldest intact shipwreck off the coast of Bulgaria.

The 75-foot boat is believed to have originated from ancient Greece. It was found more than a mile underwater, in oxygen-free conditions, which helped preserved the ship's parts, according to APTN.

It's just one of several ancient vessels the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project has found over the past three years.

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Aerial view of the shipwreck beach of Epanomi near Potamos and sandbank beach in a nature reserve. Epanomi is a little town near Thessaloniki, Greece. The shipwreck beach is less than 20km away of the airport Makedonia and 30 km away from Thessaloniki city, in northern Greece. The beach is sandy, the water is crystal clear. Mostly locals visit this beach us it is not widely known yet. The last kilometer is a dirt road and there are even sand dunes with nudist beach nearby. About a kilometer southern are organized beaches with many beach bars. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Amphorae are seen at the sea bottom at a shipwreck site on the island of Fournoi, Greece, September 15, 2018. Picture taken September 15, 2018. Vassilis Mentogiannis/Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
This undated handout photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Monday, Oct. 15 , 2018, shows a man holding a 2nd-century A.D. terracotta lamp with the incised name of its maker, the Corinthian artisan Octavius, on the base, one of a group found on the seabed off the island of Fourni. Greece's culture ministry says a Greek-U.S. team has located traces of five more ancient shipwrecks in the eastern Aegean Sea, raising to 58 the number of wrecks located since 2015 around Fourni, a notoriously dangerous point on the ancient shipping route. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)
Student of the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art Eirini Mitsi, 23, works on an amphora retrieved from a shipwreck site on the island of Fournoi, Greece, September 20, 2018. Picture taken September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
This undated handout photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Monday, Oct. 15 , 2018, divers inspect items on the seabed from an ancient shipwreck discovered off the island of Fourni. Greece's culture ministry says a Greek-U.S. team has located traces of five more ancient shipwrecks in the eastern Aegean Sea, raising to 58 the number of wrecks located since 2015 around Fourni, a notoriously dangerous point on the ancient shipping route. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)
Student of the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art Giorgos Agavanakis, 24, takes pictures as fellow student Eirini Mitsi, 23, takes notes on an amphora retrieved from a shipwreck site on the island of Fournoi, Greece, September 20, 2018. Picture taken September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
This undated handout photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Monday, Oct. 15 , 2018, showing items on the seabed from an ancient shipwreck discovered off the island of Fourni. Greece's culture ministry says a Greek-U.S. team has located traces of five more ancient shipwrecks in the eastern Aegean Sea, raising to 58 the number of wrecks located since 2015 around Fourni, a notoriously dangerous point on the ancient shipping route. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)
This undated handout photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Monday, Oct. 15 , 2018, shows a diver searches on the seabed near the island of Fourni. Greece's culture ministry says a Greek-U.S. team has located traces of five more ancient shipwrecks in the eastern Aegean Sea, raising to 58 the number of wrecks located since 2015 around Fourni, a notoriously dangerous point on the ancient shipping route. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)
Aerial view of the shipwreck beach of Epanomi near Potamos and sandbank beach in a nature reserve. Epanomi is a little town near Thessaloniki, Greece. The shipwreck beach is less than 20km away of the airport Makedonia and 30 km away from Thessaloniki city, in northern Greece. The beach is sandy, the water is crystal clear. Mostly locals visit this beach us it is not widely known yet. The last kilometer is a dirt road and there are even sand dunes with nudist beach nearby. About a kilometer southern are organized beaches with many beach bars. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Diver and technical director Markos Garras, 50, carries an amphora following a dive at a shipwreck site on the island of Fournoi, Greece, September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Chief conservator of the Fournoi Survey Project Angelos Tsompanidis, 42, inspects an amphora retrieved from a shipwreck site on the island of Fournoi, Greece, September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Chief conservator of the Fournoi Survey Project Angelos Tsompanidis, 42, swims over a shipwreck site on the island of Fournoi, Greece, September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. Vassilis Mentogiannis/Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Chief conservator of the Fournoi Survey Project Angelos Tsompanidis, 42, and student of the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art Helen Margarita Bardas, 25, carry an amphora from a shipwreck site on the island of Fournoi, Greece, September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. Vassilis Mentogiannis/Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Archaeologist of the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and Fournoi Survey Project director Dr. George Koutsouflakis, 50, holds an amphora retrieved from a shipwreck site on the island of Fournoi, Greece, September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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"We're talking entirely preserved ships from keel to gunnel," archaeologist Dr. Dragomir Garbov said. "We're talking about still preserved ropes, shipwrecks that literally look as if they had sunk yesterday."

Project researchers have been using technology from oil companies to probe the ocean floor and find ancient wrecks. 

"There are ships down there that had never been seen, apart from in murals and in paintings and books, and these are the first times they had been seen since they were afloat," said Edward Parker, CEO of the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project.

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