Another HAIR ON FIRE WARNING.. We give these Universities and the Environazies billions and they don’t do the work to explore those sites that they identify? They found it at least a year earlier, but did nothing to flag it?
I am as much a lover of antiquities as the next guy, but WTF.. I’m not returning to the horse and buggy, or a bike, which they would love.. whatever..
I am sort of a history buff myself. But unfortunately if people can’t even learn enough from recent recorded history about the devastation that socialist government programs cause... Then how is knowing the diet of ancient Greek sailors going to help anyone? Shall we ban this form of commercial fishing and create economic hardship on another group of people so that deep sea divers will be able to create a more interesting National Geographic Television documentary?
The operation is very expensive; first comes the survey to identify a number of sites; that is followed by figuring out which ones are most likely to yield an ancient wreck; then the order of exploration is determined; then the detailed study of those sites begins. It’s heavily dependent on funding of course, but on the Black Sea in particular it’s also weather-dependent.
Ballard’s team needed money, and have a rare, even unique expertise; they were offered a pile of cash to go find that Turkish fighter plane shot down by Syria last year, and went there to do it.
Ballard found a bunch of ancient wrecks while searching for a modern military wreck for Israel. He looked for and found the Titanic with the money and time left over from his successful search for lost US nuclear subs, then raised money to go back and examine the Titanic in more detail.
No need. When everyone who depends on trawled fish starves, the rest of us can have our carbon emissions-free flying cars...