Cargo laden Roman ship found

By | August 9, 2012

Italian police divers have discovered a 2,000-year-old sunken ship in the waters near the port city of Genoa.

The wreck contains hundreds of amphorae, or clay jars, used for shipping oil, olives, wine and other food products.

An automated underwater rover located the Roman remains on the sea floor at a depth of 200 feet after searching an area where fisherman had reported hauling up pottery fragments in their nets, Carabinieri military police said in a statement.

The police scuba unit said the upper part of the wreck contains numerous fragments of amphorae damaged by fishing, but the lower section is intact and contains “several hundred amphorae” of a type used by Roman merchants between the first century BC and the second century AD.

Divers have so far recovered only one crusty amphora, but they said that it was likely that some of the ancient jars remained sealed, which would allow scientists to study and identify the exact contents of the cargo.

Police said they would now monitor and protect the site of the ancient wreck.

via Telegraph

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