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First Century BC Ship Wrecks Found off Italian Coast

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posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 04:33 AM
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Vintage wine doesn't come older than this , archaeologists using sonar scanners have found the remains of four ancient shipwrecks off the Italian island of Zannone .
The wrecks dating from the first century BC have mostly rotted away just leaving their outlines , but also leaving their cargo of storage jars containing wine , olive oil and fish sauce intact .



"The ships sank, they came to rest at the bottom of the sea, the wood disappeared and you find the whole ship, with the entire cargo. Nothing has been taken away," she said. The discoveries were made through cooperation between Italian authorities and the Aurora Trust, a U.S. foundation that promotes exploration of the Mediterranean seabed. The vessels, up to 18 meters long, had been carrying amphorae, or large jars, containing wine from Italy, and cargo from North Africa and Spain including olive oil, fruit and garum, a pungent fish sauce that was a favorite ingredient in Roman cooking. Another ship, as yet undated, appeared to have been carrying building bricks. It is unclear how the vessels sank and no human remains have been found.


uk.reuters.com...




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