Wednesday, 21 February 2024
-- Advertisement --
Liberty Club Level3 Divers24

Ancient shipwreck and 44 tons of artifacts found off the coast of Israel

Published: June 5, 2023 - 15:32
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 02:18
Ancient shipwreck and 44 tons of artifacts found off the coast of Israel

The wreck of an Roman ancient shipwreck from 1,800 years ago, which was carrying a cargo of marble columns, is being explored by researchers off the coast of Israel.

The unusual, though coincidental, discovery was made in Israel. A scuba diver, while diving in the Mediterranean Sea, found the ancient wreck, of which he then notified the local authorities. Closer inspection determined that the shipwreck was about 1,800 years old and was carrying a cargo of marble columns.

Ancient shipwreck and 44 tons of artifacts found off the coast of Israel
Underwater archaeologist working at the site Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

The elusive shipwreck

Interestingly, archaeologists were aware of the existence of the wreck, but could not trace its exact location. All because of the tides, which covered the site with a layer of sand every now and then, effectively protecting it from examination. According to the researchers, the strong storms that hit the Israeli coast probably exposed the wreck once again.

In an official statement, a representative of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said that among other things, Corinthian columns decorated with floral patterns and capitals (the upper finial of a column) were found on the wreck. The marble columns measure about 6 meters in length, and specialists estimated the total weight of the artifacts carried at 44 tons.

Ancient shipwreck and 44 tons of artifacts found off the coast of Israel
The columns that were found measured about 6 meters in length Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

Based on available data, archaeologists also determined the size of the ship and that it could have carried a cargo of min. 200 tons. Based on the location of the wreck, it seems that the ship may have sailed from Turkey or Greece and headed for Alexandria, in Egypt. According to researchers, it is also the oldest known cargo wreck found in the eastern Mediterranean.

Ancient shipwreck and 44 tons of artifacts found off the coast of Israel
Marble capitol crowning the column Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

The statement goes on to say the ship likely crashed during a heavy storm. The location of the shipwreck and its angle suggest that the crew dropped anchor in an effort to prevent it from running into shoals.

Such storms are a fairly common occurrence along Israel’s coast. In turn, due to limited maneuverability, ships were often pulled into shoals where they were wrecked, said Koby Sharvit, director of the underwater archaeology unit at the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Ancient shipwreck and 44 tons of artifacts found off the coast of Israel
Researchers found artifacts weighing a total of 44 tons Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

Important clue

The discovered archaeological site has important scientific value. It turns out that researchers have speculated for many years about how the ancient Romans imported architectural elements. Specifically, the question is whether they were only partially worked, or whether they were fully made before the voyage, instead.

The discovered wreck contained the basic raw material and partially worked elements, which were then already completed at the destination.

Other posts
Share:
Facebook
Telegram
LinkedIn
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp

About author

Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
-- Advertisement --
freediving dive insurance dan
-- Advertisement --
Level3 Club CCR Divers24
Recent post
Akagi – The magnificent aircraft carrier seen for the first time since its sinking
Polish Divers Achieve Remarkable Exploration Success in Italy's Elefante Bianco
Barotrauma – Diving Accidents and Consequences
Żibel Studio – The NGO with the Solution for the recycling of Ocean Plastics
Indian Celebrities Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal Team Up with PADI
Halcyon Launches New Warehouse Center in Poland
Science Under Ice: Polar Research Diving Courses
You haven't read yet
Polish Divers Achieve Remarkable Exploration Success in Italy's Elefante Bianco
Barotrauma – Diving Accidents and Consequences
Żibel Studio – The NGO with the Solution for the recycling of Ocean Plastics
Indian Celebrities Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal Team Up with PADI
Halcyon Launches New Warehouse Center in Poland
Science Under Ice: Polar Research Diving Courses

Search...

The Divers24 portal is currently the largest online medium treating diving in Poland. Since 2010 we have been providing interesting and important information from Poland and around the world on all forms of diving and related activities.

Contact us: info@divers24.com