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"Scientists examine ancient ships in Black Sea"
Scientists examine ancient ships in Black Sea
trefwoorden: Zwarte Zee - onderwaterarcheologie - oude beschavingen
In 1994, archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert rode around northern Turkey looking for evidence of ancient civilizations around the Black Sea.
Every time he and his team would ask locals for the whereabouts of centuries-old ruins, they'd get the same response. "Everyone kept pointing us to the sea," Hiebert recalled.
Hiebert knows now why they did. After some preliminary trips, the University of Pennsylvania professor and other scientists will go on a first-ever effort to excavate ancient ships and a possible human settlement left mummified in the Black Sea's oxygen-free waters.
Scientists hope what they retrieve will help them understand vastly unknown chapters in human history, covering perhaps the Bronze Age, the Roman and Byzantine empires, and when Christianity first made inroads into Russia.
Lees verder in: Philly Burbs (16 juli 2003)