posted on Oct, 4 2003 @ 02:57 AM
In 1999 a team of oceanographers and archaeologists led by Titanic discoverer Robert D. Ballard and Harvard University archaeologist Lawrence Stager
found the world's oldest deep-sea shipwrecks in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
WHAT THEY FOUND.
Located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) off Israel, the two shipwrecks date from around 750 B.C., the time of Homer. They lie at depths between 1,000
and 3,000 feet (305 meters and 915 meters). There are three older known shipwrecks, but they are all less than 200 feet (61 meters) down.
The two ships were likely lost in a storm, and both appear to have landed upright on the seafloor. Their wooden hulls have since disintegrated, but
hundreds of amphorae on the seafloor spell out the shapes of the vessels that carried them. The larger ship was about 58 feet (18 meters) long, making
it the largest known ship from the classical Greek era. The smaller ship measured more than 45 feet (15 meters).