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The Oldest Known Shipwreck

In 1982, a diver looking for sponges off the coast of Turkey stumbled upon a cache of copper ingots on the sea bed 45 m below the surface, near a sheer rocky outcrop called Ulu Burun. Divers from the local Museum of Underwater Archaeology and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, in Texas, USA, found that the ingots had come from the wreck of a ship which was 3400 years old. It belonged to the Late Bronze Age (a period roughly between 1600-1050 B.C.) an era symbolised by the rule of Egypt's Tutankhamen and the fall of Troy. Whole sections of the ship's hull were found intact.
The trading vessel was carrying valuable cargo which represented seven civilisations that flourished in the eastern Mediterranean region in those times. Besides more than 200 copper ingots, thousands of other items were retrieved in a four-year operation. There were six enormous storage jars, scores of terracotta amphorae, several two-handled jars, swords, daggers and gold and silver jewellery.

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