2,700-year-old shipwreck discovered

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Researchers have discovered the remains of a Phoenician ship that sank off the island of Malta around 700 BC. That would make it one of the oldest shipwrecks found in the Mediterranean.

The approximately 50-foot vessel was found at a depth of 400 feet on the sandy seabed of Gozo island, the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago.

“There are very good chances that the wooden hull is still present, buried beneath the sand,” Timmy Gambin, a senior lecturer in maritime archaeology at the University of Malta and the co-director of the project, told Discovery News.