1,200-year-old shipwreck found in Israel that defies official history

Sometimes, storms on the low-lying shores of the eastern Mediterranean Sea can cause remnants of ancient civilizations to resurface from the bottom of the sea. This was what happened in front of the Maagan Michael community, in Israelwhere two amateur divers found the remains of a shipwreck.

The divers saw a piece of wood protruding from the sandy bottom and notified the authorities of Israel. The archaeologists of the Hebrew country, then, began the underwater excavations. With the help of vacuum cleaners prepared for the task and absolute meticulousness, they managed to unearth most of the skeleton of a large ship that was 25 meters long and 5 meters high.

A nautical archaeologist works at the site.

Deborah Cvikel, a nautical archaeologist at the University of Haifa (north of Israel) and director of the excavation, indicated that this is the largest shipwreck he has investigated so far. However, it was not only its size that drew attention, but also the period in which it sank (sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries AD).

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