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Ancient wreck found off the coast of Sicily

In Italy, a stunning discovery has been made in the waters surrounding Sicily. According to media reports from the Apennine Peninsula, archaeologists working near the city of Trapani have managed to locate and examine the ancient wreck of a merchant vessel along with a cargo of amphorae. The find is spectacular in that it was
Published: July 16, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 20:20
Ancient wreck found off the coast of Sicily

In Italy, a stunning discovery has been made in the waters surrounding Sicily. According to media reports from the Apennine Peninsula, archaeologists working near the city of Trapani have managed to locate and examine the ancient wreck of a merchant vessel along with a cargo of amphorae.

The find is spectacular in that it was made at a shallow depth, just 60 metres from shore. Part of the wreck was still visible, and after conducting a cursory reconnaissance, the researchers immediately noticed a huge number of artifacts including vessels and amphorae. Samples in the form of amphora fragments were also taken, which allowed for a more precise identification of the find.

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ancient amphorae ancient wreck Sicily Italy Detailed exploration of the site will certainly allow further discoveries to be made, and perhaps also a more precise identification of the vessel and knowledge of its route and the contents of its hold. Obtaining these answers will certainly provide an excellent source of information on the historical and cultural past of the region.

archaeologist diver holding a piece of amphora Sicily Italy According to the information provided, the wreck of the ship found dates to the declining period of the Roman Empire, and the amphorae found represent a style characteristic of those produced in North Africa.

pieces of amphorae from an ancient shipwreck Italy It remains to wait for the results of the research and further work at this site. As you can see, real treasures thousands of years old are waiting for their discoverers just under the surface of the water…

Source: ANSA

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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.
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