Now, scientists have yet again made a special find at the bottom of the ocean: a 2000-year-old boat. But when they looked at the ship they found more closely, they made an even more shocking discovery!
The researchers found the ship in the Mediterranean Sea near a sunken port named Thonis-Heracleion. The discovery was made buy Franck Goddio and a team of the Institut Européen d’Archéologie.
The port, located not far away from the Egyptian Alexandria, was seen as one of the most important ports in ancient Egypt. But because of earthquakes and other natural disasters, Thonis-Heracleion eventually sunk to the bottom of the ocean.
Scientists have since made numerous important discoveries near the former port.
A Unique Ship
The scientists tell the English newspaper The Guardian that the ship was in relatively great condition. What the scientists notice most of all, was that the form of the ship was very unique.
The scientists said the boat had an unusual half circle or moon shape. The way the ship was built was totally different from what we were used to from ancient Egypt, too.
But when the scientists went through the history books, they found somebody who had already written about these kinds of ships! Read on quickly!
At first, the scientists were extremely surprised about the find, but then they remembered the works of the Greek Herodotus, who lived in the 5th century B.C. He once wrote that ships had ‘long internal ribs’.
Nobody had any idea what he really meant, but the description matched the construction of the ship found in the Mediterranean. People used to have their doubts about Herodotus’ credibility, but because of this find, the chance that his works are truthful has become much higher! Because of this, historians can find out more about the ancient Greeks through the works of Herodotus.