World’s Oldest Shipwreck Discovered In The Black Sea

Source: Ancient Code

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the oldest intact shipwreck in the world at the bottom of the Black Sea, where it seems to have remained undisturbed for more than 2,400 years.

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Image Credit: Black Sea MAP

The 23-meter boat, which was believed to have belonged to the ancient Greek, was discovered with its mast, rudders, and paddles, preserved at a depth of around 2 kilometers below the surface.

The shipwreck was found in deep in the Black Sea where the water is anoxic (oxygen-free), a characteristic that helps preserve organic material for thousands of years.

The ancient ship was found by a remote-controlled submarine piloted by British scientists.

The shipwreck was found lying on its side, around 50 miles off the coast of Bulgaria. The area where the sunken ship was found is known for its well-preserved shipwrecks.

Scientists used a small piece of the ancient shipwreck and carbon dated it, confirming it dates back to 400 BC, which makes it the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered.

Speaking about the historical discovery, Jon Adams, the project’s chief scientist said the shipwreck still has its rudder, and tiller in position.

“A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” Adams said

“This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world,” he added.

Prior to this sensational find, ancient ships had mostly been found in fragments, with the oldest vessel dating back around 3,000 years.

Many of the ships that have been found in the area contain features that have previously only been seen in drawings or descriptions.

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The Ancient wreck has remained undisturbed for more than 2,400 years. Image Credit: Black Sea MAP

The shipwreck has also revealed important details like how far from the shore ancient Greek sailors could navigate.

It is believed that the shop most likely sank during a storm.

The ship most likely sank with between 15 to 25 sailors on board whose remains may lie hidden in the surrounding sediments, if they were not eaten by bacteria.

Scientists won’t be moving the ship. Adams explained that the shipwreck will be left at the bottom of the ocean as a project to raise it would be too expensive and would require taking the pint joints apart.

It is believed that the ship was used mostly for trade, although it may have been involved in ‘a little bit of raiding’ of coastal cities, explained Adams.

The ancient vessel is just one of 67 shipwrecks that have so far been found by researchers in the area.

Previous discoveries include ancient shipwrecks dating back more than 2,500 years and include vessels from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

Due to the Black Sea’s limited supply of light and oxygen, where little life can survive, the shipwrecks have managed to remain in excellent condition.

The discovery was made thanks to the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP) which involves an international team of scientists led by the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology.

Ed Parker, CEO of Black Sea MAP, noted that “Some of the ships we discovered had only been seen on murals and mosaics until this moment.”

“There’s one medieval trading vessel where the towers on the bow and stern are pretty much still there. It’s as if you are looking at a ship in a movie, with ropes still on the deck and carvings in the wood.”

“When I saw that ship, the excitement really started to mount – what we have found is truly unrivaled.”

Most of the ancient shipwrecks discovered so far are around 1,300 years old, but the oldest dates back to the 4th Century BC.

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Napoleon Bonaparte’s mystical experience inside the Great Pyramid of Giza

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Did you know that Napoleon Bonaparte had a mystical experience inside the Great Pyramid of Giza? When a few of his most trusted men asked Napoleon what had happened inside of the Pyramid, Napoleon replied: ‘Even If I told you, you would not believe me.’


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It is said that one night of August in 1799 changed the course of world history as Napoleon Bonaparte was inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, experiencing a secret that would forever alter Napoleon’s destiny.

If we look back into history, we will find out that on summer of 1798, more than thirty thousand French soldiers came to Egypt under the command of General Bonaparte.

His official mission was to free the country of the Nile from three centuries of Turkish rule and, incidentally, to block the free navigation of the English with their eastern colonies.

However, the young Napoleon did something no other person had ever done: he took with him more than a hundred scholars from all disciplines to study, write down and copy all they could from the land of the Pharaohs.

Temples, tombs, mummies, tunnels, lavish treasures and the sacred pyramids opened up, revealing to the world a fascinating history.

In fact, it was Napoleon’s expedition, which was as military as scientific when the European continent rediscovered the lost treasures of ancient Egypt and even found a key that allowed the entire world to understand what ancient Egyptians wrote down thousands of years ago.

As one of Napoleon’s soldiers was digging a trench around the medieval fortress of Rachid, he found by chance one of the most important ancient Egyptian artifacts in history: The Rosetta stone which helped scholars finally decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics.

The Rosetta stone was written down in three versions: hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek. From the Greek writings, researchers were finally able to find an equivalence in hieroglyphics and establish a sort of code to read ancient Egyptian texts.


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However, Napoleon’s campaign to Egypt also served a spiritual quest to the land that had disturbed the imagination of great characters of history before him.

Like many of his contemporaries, the Napoleon was attracted by the oriental exoticism and had read a very popular work by then, “The Journey to Egypt and Syria” by Constantin Volney, published in 1787 which told of numerous mysteries of the civilizations of the area.

During his campaign, Napoleon traveled to the Holy Land and confront the Turkish Army and, incidentally rest for a night in Nazareth. This trip took place on April 14 of 1799. During the same year, in August, Napoleon returned to Cairo when he decided he would sleep inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. He was accompanied to the King’s Chamber, which at that time was difficult to access, with small and difficult passages that did not reach even the meter and a half in height, complicated beyond doubt by the lack of light which a few torches did not solve.

The King’s Chamber is located inside the Pyramid and is a rectangular room about 10 meters long and 5 meters wide formed by granite slabs, walls and smooth ceiling, completely undecorated, and only contains an empty granite sarcophagus without any marks, deposited there during construction pyramid, since it is too large to fit through the passages.

The Great Napoleon spent around seven hours inside of the Great Pyramid and just at dawn he ‘came out of the pyramid’ pale and frightened.

When a few of his most trusted men asked Napoleon what had happened inside of the Pyramid, Napoleon replied: ‘Even If I told you, you would not believe me.’

It is believed that the night Napoleon spent inside of the Great Pyramid changed his life forever.

Even though he returned to France defeated, politically speaking Napoleon achieved great victories in the following months. He managed to end the government of the French Revolution and initiated the Consulate as Napoleon Bonaparte as a leader.

Interestingly, according to Peter Tompkins in his classic “Secrets of the Great Pyramid,” “Bonaparte wanted to be left alone in the King’s Chamber, as Alexander the Great before him.” Obsessed throughout his career with other key historical figures, Napoleon tried to emulate the footsteps of the conqueror Alexander the Great and the Roman general Julius Caesar, who allegedly had also spent a night in the chamber and being sought them.

Obsessed throughout his career with other key historical figures, Napoleon tried to emulate the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, who allegedly had also spent a night in the chamber alone, while searching for the greater purpose.

Regrettably, whatever Napoleon experienced and saw between the walls of the King’s Chamber  is a secret that he took to his grave. Countless  legends were formulated on Napoleon’s experience, including one that suggests Napoleon  had some kind of vision where he saw himself as being the greatest emperor ever to live on the planet.

The great Pyramid of Giza is by itself a mystical and magical place. Experiencing a night alone inside the pyramid is an unimaginable feeling. To spend the night inside of this imposing mass of stone is for most people a completely crazy idea. After some time, the simple fact of breathing has to make a terrible noise. However, as mentioned above, Napoleon Bonaparte was not the only “crazy” to dare. Many thrill seekers who wanted to lock himself in the royal tomb there to experience the “pharaonic vibrations.”

After some time, the simple fact of breathing alone inside the chamber has to make a terrible noise. However, as mentioned above, Napoleon Bonaparte was not the only “crazy” person to dare what many would not. Many thrill seekers who wanted to lock himself in the royal tomb there to experience the “pharaonic vibrations.”

Speaking about the Great Pyramid, in his biography the famous occultist Aleister Crowley reported the following: “The King’s Chamber was aglow as if with the brightest tropical moonlight. The pitiful dirty yellow flame of the candle was like blasphemy, and I put it out. (…) In the morning this astral light had disappeared completely, and the only sound that could be heard was the flutter of bats…”

Others, however, also reported strange visions while inside the great Pyramid. In 1930, British theosophist and spiritualist Paul Brunton also described strange things that happened during his brief stay in the King’s Chamber. He said he was “…assaulted by visions of hostile creatures and surrounded by “appearances” of grotesque and demonic” forms…”

So… what causes these mysterious experiences inside the Pyramid? And is it possible there is a ‘greater force’ residing inside the Pyramid?

Interestingly, the granite blocks inside the royal chamber are a material that is able to conduct electricity. This is mostly granite has a high concentration of quartz crystals, which is proven to have piezoelectric properties; in fact, all electronic objects we know today contain quartz. The ancient builders of the pyramid knew of these properties and may have utilized them in a way we are unaware of today.

The mysterious electromagnetic properties inside the King’s Chamber was in fact proved empirically. On one occasion, one of the visitors that entered the pyramid  received a small electric shock when he drank water from a metal cup.

In addition, researchers also reported that the batteries of their cameras and research equipment were exhausted unaccountably while inside the pyramid.

Could these electromagnetic anomalies explain visions and mystical experiences while inside the Pyramid? And is it possible that these anomalies are evidence that the great Pyramid of Giza is not a tomb as proposed by mainstream scholars?

Another theory that tries to explain the “power” of the Great Pyramid, is that its geometric shape gives the structure the ability to concentrate cosmic energy, which, among other things,  would help preserve  the body of Pharaoh, deposited right in the center construction.

However, none of the three pyramids of Giza contain any mummies. This has led many researchers to propose theories suggesting that the Pyramids were not tombs but rather giant energy machines.