Roman ship loaded with amphorae recovered from seabed near Sicily

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A Roman ship sunk in the Mediterranean, near the island of Sicily (south), in the 3rd century AD, loaded with numerous amphorae, has been recovered with a delicate and precise operation that has allowed get it afloat and take it to land.

The Sicilian Minister of Culture, Francesco Paolo Scarpinato, celebrated this maneuver of “extraordinary importance” which represents a milestone in the archeology of the island.

The remains of the ship were found in July 2020 about a hundred meters from the coast of the town of Marausa, near the city of Trapanijust two meters deep.

The ship lay where it sank sometime in the 3rd century AD while carrying numerous amphorae and other objectsas it is believed to be a “nave oneraria” (a cargo ship), dedicated to commerce in Ancient Rome.

Almost two millennia later, the hold, the belly of the boat, remained half-buried on the Sicilian seabed, but has now been able to be raised afloat and transported to dry land.

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