Five Ancient Roman Shipwrecks Found With Cargo

July 25, 2009

Europe (ChattahBox) – Five shipwrecks have been found deep in the Mediterranean that are believed to have been from the ancient Roman period. But it was what was on the ships that have so excited archeologists.

Each ship had an almost entirely intact cargo, with items such as wine jars, fish sauce, olive oil, and various kitchen gadgets on board. There were also many pieces that researchers were unsure of, but are currently working to identify.

The dive that led to the discovery is in part an attempt by official channels to thwart thieves, who have better technology that allows them to get at harder-to-reach wrecks and treasure troves.

“It’s important that we arrive there first,” Italian Culture Ministry official, Annalisa Zarattini, told the BBC.


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