Graveyard of Roman Ships Discovered

REUTERS/Timmy Gambin/Aurora Trust (June 19, 2009)

REUTERS/Timmy Gambin/Aurora Trust (June 19, 2009)

Reuters reports on Roman ships discovered underwater near the small island, Ventotene.

“A team of archaeologists using sonar technology to scan the seabed have discovered a “graveyard” of five pristine ancient Roman shipwrecks off the small Italian island of Ventotene.

The trading vessels, dating from the first century BC to the fifth century AD, lie more than 100 meters underwater and are amongst the deepest wrecks discovered in the Mediterranean in recent years, the researchers said on Thursday.

Part of an archipelago situated halfway between Rome and Naples on Italy’s west coast, Ventotene historically served as a place of shelter during rough weather in the Tyrrhenian Sea.”

Thanks to Joe Lauer by way of Rogue Classicism

Link to the excavation site here

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