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22 ancient amphorae found in Albanian waters

A very interesting discovery was made by archaeologists exploring a site at the bottom of the Ionian Sea off the coast of Albania. During the works 22 ancient amphorae were found, the age of which scientists initially determined to be at least 2500 years! The archaeological work is being carried out as part of a
Published: July 13, 2019 - 14:49
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:24
22 ancient amphorae found in Albanian waters

A very interesting discovery was made by archaeologists exploring a site at the bottom of the Ionian Sea off the coast of Albania. During the works 22 ancient amphorae were found, the age of which scientists initially determined to be at least 2500 years! The archaeological work is being carried out as part of a joint Albanian-American research project.

The discovery was made in waters near the rocky shore of the Karaburun Peninsula. The amphorae were found scattered on the bottom, at a depth of 40 to 60 metres. At present, the wreck has not yet been found, but it is highly likely that underwater archaeologists will soon locate fragments of the ship as well.

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[blockquote style=”2″]”The age of the discovered Corinthian-type amphorae has been determined to be between the 7th and 5th centuries BC. If the remains of the ship can be found, we will be dealing with the discovery of the oldest shipwreck to have sailed the waters along the Albanian coast,” said Mateusz Polakowski, archaeologist at the University of Southampton[/blockquote].

RPM President James Goold hailed the investigated site as one of the most important discoveries made during the project, of great historical and archaeological value. The researchers also stressed the need for further research at the site.

Conducting systematic activities since 2004, it has been possible to map the bottom of Albania’s coastal waters, discovering many ancient and more modern shipwrecks. The above activities are closely linked to long-range plans to open an underwater museum in the waters of western Albania.

Source: apnews.com

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