A shipwreck dating back 1,200 years was recently uncovered by archaeologists off the coast of Israel.
Shipwreck discovered off the Israeli coast is thought to be 1,200 years old, according to archaeologists. According to Express.co.uk, experts consider the ship may be a commerce vessel, indicating that trade persisted after the Islamic conquest of the Holy Land.
Researchers have determined that the shipwreck occurred in the seventh or eighth century. The Islamic republic, which at the time controlled most of the eastern Mediterranean, was attempting to crush the Christian Byzantine empire in the region.
Archaeologists claim that the shipwreck proves that trade was prospering even while religious tensions were high in the region, because it transported goods from as far away as Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, and the coast of North Africa.
“It is exceptional first because of its size…and because of its date,” Deborah Cvikel, a naval archaeologist at the University of Haifa, was cited as saying. “The textbooks always tell us that… trade nearly ceased. During this time, the Mediterranean was completely devoid of foreign trade. Most of the ships we saw out on the shore were tiny cabotage vessels “Moreover, she said.
As Ms. Cvikel added, “here we have a massive wreckage, which we assume the original ship was roughly 25 metres (82 feet) long, and…laden with merchandise from all over the Mediterranean.”
Express reports that divers ventured down below the surface to retrieve the remarkable artefact trove from the sunken antique ship. They also stated that this wreckage was the largest ever found.
Fish sauce, various olives, dates, and figs were among the approximately 200 amphoras discovered with their original contents intact.