Divers Discover Near-Intact, 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck
2012 08 10

By Matthew Rosenbaum | ABCNews

An ancient Roman merchant vessel has been discovered off the Italian coastline, reportedly in such good condition that much of the food it was carrying might still be intact in its storage jars.



‘There are some broken jars around the wreck, but we believe that most of the amphorae inside the ship are still sealed and food-filled,” Lt. Col. Francesco Schilardi of the police divers’ group told the BBC of the containers.

Local fisherman first became aware of the wreck when pieces of pottery began turning up in their nets. They notified police divers who used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to locate the 2,000-year-old ship in the sea off the town of Varazze.

“We believe it dates to sometime between the 1st Century BC and the 1st Century AD,” Schilardi said.

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