Discovery of 14th Century BCE Shipwreck Proves Ancient Navigation of Open Seas

The narrative has been that ancient ships hugged shoreline to avoid open seas, because they couldn’t navigate. This new shipwreck discovery near Israel helps prove navigation goes back thousands of years.

A 3,300-year-old ship has been discovered at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, making it one of the oldest shipwrecks ever discovered and rewriting our understanding of sailing in the ancient world, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The vessel is estimated to be from the 13th or 14th century BCE, the authority said in a statement. It was discovered 90 kilometers (around 56 miles) from the shore, in waters 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles) deep, with hundreds of intact jars still on board, the statement added.

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