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Important discoveries on a Phoenician wreck from 2700 years ago

Almost 3,000 years old, parts of the hull of a Phoenician shipwreck off the coast of Gozo have survived underwater. The site, which was discovered 12 years ago, continues to reveal new secrets. The team investigating and mapping the ancient wreck, during this year’s excavation season, observed for the first time elements of the wood
Published: October 20, 2019 - 19:05
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:42
Important discoveries on a Phoenician wreck from 2700 years ago

Almost 3,000 years old, parts of the hull of a Phoenician shipwreck off the coast of Gozo have survived underwater. The site, which was discovered 12 years ago, continues to reveal new secrets. The team investigating and mapping the ancient wreck, during this year’s excavation season, observed for the first time elements of the wood from which the vessel was made.

Extremely interesting artefacts have been found and excavated in the deeper parts of the wreck. Among them are a rare Phoenician bowl and a previously unknown type of urn. This year’s research season ended at the end of September, but the results are extremely pleasing to archaeologists.

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“Over three weeks in September, significant progress was made in the work. We are delighted that this outstanding project is continuing and continues to produce fantastic results.” – said research leader Prof Timmy Gambin

The archaeological site, which includes an ancient Phoenician wreck, is also unique because of its depth. Usually, archaeological work is carried out within recreational limits and therefore does not exceed a depth of 40 m. However, there are cases when the exploration of the site additionally requires high diving skills and experience as a technical diver.

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Dating back to the 7th century BC, the wreck lies at a depth of 110 metres. To be able to even think about carrying out the project, it was necessary to build a research team consisting of highly qualified experts from all over the world.

Heritage Malta, in collaboration with the University of Malta, has organised an exhibition showcasing the results of recent fieldwork, including a specially commissioned 3D model of the shipwreck, which was recently displayed during Science in the City (a science festival held in Malta – ed.)

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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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