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Ancient Fiskardo wreck
« on: Saturday, 30 November, 2019 @ 02:02:51 »
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Roman shipwreck full of 2000-year-old jugs found on Greek sea floor

A 2000-year-old Roman shipwreck found with thousands of well-preserved containers may reveal clues about the people who lived during the beginning of the Roman Empire, along with their economy and trade.

George Ferentinos at the University of Patras, Greece, and his colleagues explored the sea floor around the coast of Kefallinia Island in the Ionian Sea using sonar imaging.

They discovered three wrecks from the second world war – two ships and one plane – that are almost intact, as well as a large ancient Roman vessel.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2225260-roman-shipwreck-full-of-2000-year-old-jugs-found-on-greek-sea-floor/

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Re: Ancient Fiskardo wreck
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 @ 08:21:38 »
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Archaeology breakthrough: Shipwreck from time of Christ discovered with unexpected cargo

AN ancient Roman shipwreck dating back to the time of Jesus Christ has been discovered off the coast of a Greek island loaded down with jugs used to store wine.

Experts examined the amphorae - tall jugs or jars with handles and narrow necks used by the Greeks and the Romans - and were able to determine the period in which they were used.

They dubbed it the Fiscardo after the nearby fishing port popular with tourists.

Dr Ferentinos said... the Fiscardo is among the largest four shipwrecks dating from this period to have been found in the Med.

The ship is thought to measure 34m in length and 13m in width.

The dimensions indicate that it may have been among the largest ships cross the Med during the period.

It was significantly longer than the average merchant ship sailed by the Romans at that time, which was around 15-20m long.

The Fiscardo lies at a depth of 60m.

Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands, is an archeologist’s dream and numerous interesting discoveries have been made down through the years.

The most important find in recent decades was that of the Mycenaean Tholos tomb in the south east of the island in 1991.

The tomb was erected around 1,300 years before Jesus was born and was the burial place of kings and high ranking officials.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1214867/archaeology-news-mediterranean-roman-shipwreck-found-greece-era-of-jesus-christ

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Re: Ancient Fiskardo wreck
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 11 December, 2019 @ 01:58:09 »
More on this news in Newsweek and the Daily Mail, which has some interesting graphics and info such as:

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The shipwreck was found off the present-day Fiskardo fishing port, where ancient houses, bath complexes, a theatre, a cemetery and a tomb dating back to Roman times between 146 BC and 330 AD, were recently found.

This indicates that Fiskardo was an ‘important port at that time’, the researchers said in their study, published in Journal of Archaeological Science. 

The researchers say Fiskardo port was probably a significant calling place along the Roman trading route that ferried goods around the Mediterranean.