The discovery of a 1,200-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Israel is indeed rewriting history.

The ship, which is believed to have sunk in the 7th or 8th century AD, 

is the largest ever discovered in the Mediterranean Sea. 

It is also the first shipwreck from this period to be found with a significant amount of cargo still intact. 

The cargo of the ship includes a wide variety of goods, including pottery, glassware, and metalwork.  

These goods were all manufactured in different parts of the Mediterranean,  

which suggests that the ship was involved in a thriving trade network.  

This is significant because it challenges the traditional view that trade between the Christian and 

Islamic worlds declined after the Islamic conquest of the Holy Land in the 7th century.