THS in Scotland Evening Meeting

THS in Scotland
Date27 February 2019
Time18:30
VenueCarmelite Hotel, Stirling Street, AB11 6JU

This meeting will include a presentation by Audun Brandtzaeg and Rodrigo Pacheco (MMT) on the discovery of the oldest intact shipwreck found in the Black Sea.

The world's oldest intact shipwreck discovered using ground-breaking Scandinavian technology from Reach Subsea and MMT with the Black Sea Maritime Archaeological Project.

Following three years of highly advanced technological mapping of the Black Sea bed, scientists confirm that a shipwreck lying intact on the sea floor has been officially radiocarbon dated to 400BC. 


For the past three years, an international team of maritime archaeologists, led by the Centre of Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton and marine ROV pilots and Surveyors, have been searching the sea-bed of the Black Sea in order to better understand the impact of prehistoric sea level change.

Using the very latest technology, previously only typically made available to oil, gas and renewable energy companies from Scandinavian companies Reach Subsea and MMT, The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP) surveyed over 2000sqkm of the seabed and what they uncovered is astonishing.

Over 60 shipwrecks, varying in age from a 17th century Cossack raiding fleet, through Roman trading vessels complete with amphorae to a complete ship from the Classical period, were found across the three year period.

Since 2015, Black Sea MAP, supported by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, one of the largest maritime archaeological projects ever staged, has been using specialist remote deep-water ROV systems from MMT and Reach Subsea, capable of supplying ultra high-definition imagery from more than 2km underwater. These same ROVs were able to bring small wreck samples to the surface.

It was during the most recent phase in late 2017 that the team discovered what has been confirmed as the world's ‘oldest intact shipwreck' - a Greek trading vessel design previously only seen on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the ‘Siren Vase' in the British Museum.

The ship lies in deep water, in the Black Sea where the water is anoxic (oxygen free) which can preserve organic material for thousands of years. A small piece of the vessel has been carbon dated and it is confirmed as the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind. It is within this sample that scientists from Gothenburg University have discovered a number of bacteria, previously unknown to science.


All members and and non-members welcome.

A selection of cold food and drinks will be available from 18:30 and presentations will start at 19:00 prompt. 

Please register for this event in advance 

There is a charge of £10 for admission payable online during registration to cover catering (please ask at the door if you require a receipt). Admission is free for Students.

For further information please contact scotland@ths.org.uk

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