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Site with ancient amphoras discovered near Pantelleria

During periodic inspections of archaeological sites near Pantelleria in Sicily, Italian specialists came across ancient amphorae. The Italian Coast Guard and Maritime Surveillance(Soprintendenza del Mare) personnel, while inspecting archaeological sites near the island of Pantelleria, came across a previously unknown cluster of ancient amphorae. Periodic inspections of archaeological sites Specialists from the Coast Guard ‘s
Published: January 6, 2023 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 01:40
Site with ancient amphoras discovered near Pantelleria

During periodic inspections of archaeological sites near Pantelleria in Sicily, Italian specialists came across ancient amphorae.

The Italian Coast Guard and Maritime Surveillance(Soprintendenza del Mare) personnel, while inspecting archaeological sites near the island of Pantelleria, came across a previously unknown cluster of ancient amphorae.

Periodic inspections of archaeological sites

Specialists from the Coast Guard ‘s Underwater Operators Unit conducted a periodic inspection of known archaeological sites in the northern part of the island. The scope of work covered known sites located from Cala Cottone to Cala Tramontana at a depth of 50-100 meters. Through the use of a remotely operated ROV, specialists were able to see the current status of individual monuments.

Coast Guard employee controlling ROV robot

Periodic inspections are necessary because the sites mentioned are accessible to divers on a daily basis. As part of the inspection, experts also checked new sites, in search of more sites and artifacts. Using a remotely operated ROV, they identified an area of concentration of amphoras covering a wide chronological range.

Now the identified finds will be entered by officials into the marine surveillance geographic information system database. In this way, they will enrich the register with further data covering the area of the seabed around Pantelleria. In recent years, numerous archaeological evidences have been discovered near the island, showing that it has been inhabited since the earliest times.

An area of concentration of ancient amphorae near the island of Pantelleria

Tour of the sunken treasures of Pantelleria

Undoubtedly, an aspect worth noting is the accessibility of individual archaeological sites to ordinary divers. Along the controlled section of the coast, underwater routes for divers have been built for several years. If you want to go on an underwater tour, you should contact a diving center that has the appropriate permits.

At this moment there are three active routes in the area. Cala Gadir – which runs at a depth of 18 to 30 meters with the opportunity to admire numerous amphorae and anchors. Punta Tracino – is a route characterized by a large number of iron, stone and lead anchors. And also Cala Tramontana, which is already available to OWD divers and runs at a depth of 18 meters. It offers the opportunity to admire stone anchors, amphorae of various types and millstones.

Photo: Soprintendenza del Mare


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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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