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Shipwreck Museum
The wreck exhibited in the Shipwreck Museum is the oldest ship wreck worldwide that has been discovered so far. It dates back to the period of Hellenistic kingdoms founded after the death of Alexander the Great. The wreck was first noticed by a sponge diver at a depth of three metres and was later hauled out by researchers of the University of Pennsylvania. Tests applied to almond remains on the ship point back to the year 288 BC and tests applied to its timber show that the wood is even from 389 BC.

The 15 metres long body of the ship is made of pine from Jerusalem. It is covered with a protective film, presumably as a precaution against the Mediterranean shipworm. There were 400 amphoras found on the ship that must have been taken aboard in Rhodes. Furthermore, 29 basalt mill stones have been found. It might be that the ship crew did business on Mediterranean and Aegean coasts before setting sail for Cyprus and that the crew’s main supply of food were almonds... But no human skeleton has been found on the ship.