The Black Sea Graveyard of Ships

The several years various archaeologists have been searching the Black Sea.  What they found is archaeological gold.  Over 50 ships have been found from the Roman to 10th century Ottoman Empire ship to ships from Venice that dates around the time of Christopher Columbus.  What is unique about the finds is that the ships still have the riggings still attached.  After the last ice age, salt water entered the fresh water of the Black Sea and eventually created a layer of salt water with no oxygen at the bottom of the sea, which is the perfect environment to keep the ships and their contents intact.   This marks the third year of exploration of mapping the bottom of the Black Sea.

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Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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