Scientists, including Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard, plan to televise part
of a two-week expedition to the Black Sea with hopes that they will discover
Roman, Bronze Age or Byzantine artifacts, or even evidence of the Biblical
A team of scientists led by University of Pennsylvania professor Fredrik
Hiebert and including oceanographer Robert Ballard, will undertake a two-week
$5 million, expedition beginning July 27 to the Black Sea. There they hope to
find evidence of a flood which took place 7,500 years ago and may prove to be
recorded in the Bible. Ballard plans to televise some of the underwater
Hiebert and his team are even more ambitious with their expectations. They know
that traders used the Black Sea as a major waterway and hope that they will
find the remains of lost ships dating from the Bronze Age, Roman era and
Byzantine Empire. The Black Sea water is not oxigenated which might mean that
artifacts could be well-preserved for millenia.
In any case, whatever secrets the Black Sea gives up will be fodder for
scientific study for many years.
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