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Ancient wreck from 2000 years ago discovered in Croatia

Listen to this article A wonderful discovery has been made near the Croatian town of Novalja. At the bottom, the remains of an ancient shipwreck have been located, the age of which has been determined to be around 2000 years! After preliminary research of the site and initial documentation, it was determined that the ship
Published: June 6, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 19:59
Ancient wreck from 2000 years ago discovered in Croatia
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A wonderful discovery has been made near the Croatian town of Novalja. At the bottom, the remains of an ancient shipwreck have been located, the age of which has been determined to be around 2000 years! After preliminary research of the site and initial documentation, it was determined that the ship found was about 10-15 metres long and was a commercial vessel that carried construction materials.

If we look into the history of the region, we will easily find out that the area of today’s Novalja was known for its ceramic products, including tiles, already in Roman times. Exactly the kind of tiles that constituted the cargo of the found wreck.

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Although only more detailed examination and verification of the seal will tell archaeologists more about the find, they have no doubt that it is the product of local craftsmen.

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Archaeologists admit that at the moment there is no question of revealing the exact location of the wreck, because I want to carry out all the necessary research in peace, collect detailed documentation, and above all, protect the site from treasure hunters, who could not only steal something, but simply damage it through incompetent handling of centuries-old artefacts.

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Interestingly, as it turns out, the remains were discovered by complete accident, by the fire brigade divers who train here regularly. At first, no one was aware of what they were looking at and the remains of the wreck were taken for construction waste.

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However, at some point one of the divers realised that something was wrong, because where would this amount of rubble or other debris come from here.

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Their hunch was right and after analysing video documentation and carrying out an underwater reconnaissance, the researchers had no doubt that the firefighters had managed to discover an ancient merchant vessel that once operated in local waters.

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Source: marski.hr
Photo: Nikola Hrženjak

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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.
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