In the Adriatic Sea off the coast of the Croatian town of Sukošan, archaeologists have discovered and examined an ancient Roman wreck dating back to the first century.
It has not been known for a long time that the Adriatic region was a very popular trade route in ancient times. Researchers have long speculated about what might be resting on the bottom off the Sukošan coast, and for the past few years have been conducting systematic research. All due to the fact that the ancient port of Barbir was located at this very spot. Now they have finally succeeded in discovering what the sand had hidden from the world for 2,000 years on the seabed – a large ancient shipwreck!
The remains of a first-century Roman vessel emerged from under a layer of sand and sediment and came under the magnifying glass of experts. Underwater archaeologists carefully marked and examined the site and secured the artifacts found on the bottom. Some extremely valuable not only from a scientific or cultural point of view.
Investigations of the wreck are still underway, and so far its full dimensions have yet to be known. It is already known that the vessel measured three meters wide, but the length is still undetermined. So far, researchers have unearthed a hull nine meters long, but the work is still progressing. Therefore, the ancient Roman wreck still has a lot of potential to surprise researchers.
According to the information that archaeologists provided to the press, it appears that part of the wreck was destroyed by a ship’s auger. Fortunately, most of the wreck hid under the sand and not only survived for two thousand years, but has been preserved to our days in fantastic condition.
The ancient port of Barbir was discovered by researchers in 1973, but for a long time documentation of the discovery was very superficial. It wasn’t until 2017 that new excavations began, covering the port and a Roman villa nearby. Unfortunately, the surface sites have suffered as a result of modern construction. In contrast, what was found at the bottom of the sea was luckier and today is a great resource for archaeologists.
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