Oldest Shipwreck in World May Have Been Carrying Copper to Minoans

The hull of the merchant vessel found off Antalya by Hakan Oniz and team is long gone, but the shape of the copper ingots is unmistakably the same as found in Minoan palaces, and depicted in ancient Egyptian tombs

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Poisonous lionfish swims over 3,600-year-old copper ingots
Poisonous lionfish swims over encrusted 3,600-year-old copper ingots, site of the oldest shipwreck in the world Credit: Tahsin Ceylan
Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
As the diver sees it: Oldest shipwreck in the world identified by concentration of ingots
Underwater excavation of the oldest shipwreck in the world: Copper ingots lying on the seabed by AntalyaCredit: Tahsin Ceylan
Ingots still identifiable, despite 3,600 years of encrustation, as pillow-shaped and therefore, probably copper exported by Cyprus, found just off the Antalya coastCredit: Tahsin Ceylan

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