- The ship – believed to have sunk more than 2,000 years ago – was found on the bottom of the Mediterranean off the coast of Civitavecchia, a port city near Rome
- The ‘exceptional discovery’ was announced by the Carabinieri Art Squad, a division of the Carabinieri Police in charge of protecting Italy’s cultural heritage
Wreck of ancient Roman ship carrying hundreds of intact terra cotta jars found off coast of Italy, states an SCMP news source.
Wreck of an ancient Roman ship
The wreckage of an ancient Roman cargo ship carrying hundreds of terra cotta jars has been found off the coast of Italy, authorities said on Friday.
The ship – believed to have sunk more than 2,000 years ago – was found on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Civitavecchia, a port city just northwest of Rome.
The “exceptional discovery” was announced by the Carabinieri Art Squad, a division of the Carabinieri Police in charge of protecting Italy’s cultural heritage. Officials described it as “an important example of the sinking of a Roman ship which faced the perils of the sea in an attempt to reach the coast and bears witness to the ancient maritime trade routes,” according to The Guardian newspaper.
The vessel dates back to the first or second century BC and was filled with hundreds of amphorae, a type of terra cotta jar, which were found mostly intact, the Rome-based newspaper la Repubblica reported.
Experts used a remotely operated vehicle system that included a patrol boat, a sonar and a depth sounder.
The amphorae were placed on the bottom of the ship, which is estimated to measure around 65 feet long.
In December 2019, wreckage from another Roman vessel discovered in the Mediterranean included around 6,000 amphorae. Remains of that ship, believed to have also sunk around 2,000 years ago, were found near the Greek island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea.
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