The Greek research vessel Aegeao is seen here anchored in Bulgaria’s Port Varna for the start of its underwater archaeology expedition in Bulgaria’s exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea. Photo: BGNES
The Greek research vessel “Aegaeo" has arrived in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna for the start of an underwater archaeology expedition that will explore the Bulgarian exclusive economic zone, that is, the southwestern section of the Black Sea.
“Aegaeo" has arrived in Bulgaria’s Port Varna on Thursday, September 10, 2015, reports the Bulgarian news agency BGNES.
Last month, Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers has granted a formal permission to “Aegaeo" to carry out an underwater archaeology expedition in the Bulgarian territorial waters and exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea.
The Greek vessel “Aegaeo" is going to conduct underwater archaeologyresearch in the southwestern section of the Black Sea which is under Bulgarian jurisdiction.
Its expedition will last from September 10 until October 14, 2015.
The scientists on the Aegaeo will map the Black Sea bottom using contemporary exploration techniques in order to identify any underwater archaeology sites and materials and to extract bottomsamples in order to gather information about the evolving marine environment.
The archaeological exploration of the Black Sea could reveal a lot of exciting finds. Some scholars even think that it could provide answers about the story of the Biblical Deluge and Noah’s Arc as the Black Sea is believed to have been a fresh water lake until several thousand years ago.
A major rise in sea levels (some describe it as a one time flooding which led to the Deluge stories not just in the Bible but also in different ancient mythologies) which connected it with the Mediterranean over the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles is believed to have destroyed a high prehistoric civilization living along its west and northwest coast.
What is more, the Black Sea is unique because below 200 meters (60 meters in some parts) it has no oxygen but only hydrogen sulfide, therefore any underwaterarchaeologysites or sunkenships at greater depths are supposed to have been perfectly preserved.
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