How much do you know about sea gravesites?
The bottom of the sea houses one of the world’s largest cemeteries. This ocean floor graveyard serves as a museum for countless ships that never made it to their final destinations. Under water archeologists hope to one day to discover ancient wreckages that will help them learn more about past civilizations. Here are two examples of what they hope to learn more about in these underwater gravesites:
- A warship from the Greek Trireme civilization. These ships are famous for beating the Persians in the Battle of Salamis. Archeologists have drawings and ideas of what these boats may have looked like but have yet to find this trireme (an ancient Greek or Roman war galley with three banks of oars).
- The vessel that carried an empty Egyptian basalt sarcophagus. The British adventurer named Howard Vyse found the empty sarcophagus in the Pyramids at Giza and decided to ship it to the British museum in London in 1838. It never reached London and sank to the bottom of the Mediterranean.
When a ship sinks – or gets lost at sea -it takes with it priceless artifacts and knowledge not only from our pasts but from our present time as well. With the help of today’s technology, many of these lost wreckages may one day be brought back to life – at least virtually.
To learn more about sea gravesites and about these undiscovered wrecks click here.
We extend our condolences to those who have had such a tragedy in their family. Our Santa Rosa Memorial Park family knows that loved ones lost today at sea can never forgotten. Because finding ways to keep their memories close has always been important, we work with the families we serve to provide them with options that reflect the unique lives of their loved ones.