Ever since the end of the Ice Age close to 10,000 years ago, people have lived on the shores of the Baltic Sea. People who have sailed, hunted and waged war. Traces of their activities remain under the sea’s surface. There, wrecks and other remains are preserved. These objects constitute a cultural heritage – a memory of our history – that we share with all the people who live around the Baltic Sea.
A unique history awaits us at the bottom of the sea. Nowhere else in the world are there as many well-preserved wooden wrecks as in the Baltic Sea. So far, we are aware of about 20,000 remains of ships and smaller boats. But not all the wrecks have been discovered yet. Archaeologists believe there may be more than 100,000 of them! This makes the Baltic Sea a true museum under water.