There is so much to grumble about going on at the moment isn't there? But I try not to let myself do any moaning (either in my head or out loud). Then this morning a wonderful piece of news which fired my enthusiasm - that they have discovered a 2,500 year old vessel (a 75ft merchant vessel) lying more or less intact 2 kilometres down in the Black Sea.
It lies fifty miles off the coast of what is now Bulgaria which shows just how far these early traders ventured from the coast on their travels up and down. And to think it was sailing when Aristotle was alive and that it lies there on the sea bed, more or less intact considering its age.
The Siren Vase in the British Museum shows Odysseus strapped to the mast of his ship to avoid the temptation of the Siren voices. The boat on the vase and the boat on the sea bed have matching masts. As Jon Adams, Professor of Archaeology and chief scientist of the team which found the wreck says - no-one knew how accurate the depiction of the boat was on the Siren Vase: now the one on the sea bed shows just how familiar the artist who depicted the ship was with the shipping of the day.
Interestingly the reason the ship is so well preserved is that below 490 feet the Black Sea is devoid of oxygen so that there are no marine organisms to consume the wood.
I can only begin to imagine the excitement of such a find but it has certainly taken my mind off all the turmoil going on in the world at the present time - so let's celebrate such a wonderful discovery.