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Ancient Roman shipwreck discovered


Posted on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: SAmbag


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A Roman trading ship from the 1st century BC has been found laden with cargo off the coast of Italy.

The wreck is in such a good condition that it is believed some of the food supplies might still be preserved within its storage jars. It is thought that the ship sunk while traveling on a trade route between Spain and Rome with a cargo of over 200 jars containing supplies such as fish, grain and wine.

"There are some broken jars around the wreck, but we believe that most of the amphorae inside the ship are still sealed and food-filled," said Lt. Col. Francesco Schilardi.

"A Roman trading ship from the time of the Caesars has been discovered off the coast of Italy, reportedly in such good condition that some of the food may still be preserved inside the storage jars."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Darkwind on 17 August, 2012, 1:42
I am reading a book on the ancient Celts and Roman. I'm at the part about Caesar, so this really interesting to me.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Harte on 18 August, 2012, 2:12
Got any olive oil in there? I'm making pesto here. Harte
Comment icon #13 Posted by questionmark on 18 August, 2012, 8:55
It would not be the first find of that kind nor the only one.
Comment icon #14 Posted by questionmark on 18 August, 2012, 8:57
Somebody has to invent a "reach through" for the internet, could give you some from my trees (no pesticides, no insecticides, no artificial fertilizer)
Comment icon #15 Posted by Abramelin on 18 August, 2012, 9:01
Nno all zthe amvoraz were empty...and it dinnot tastE goot honest
Comment icon #16 Posted by LucidElement on 18 August, 2012, 11:10
What would they do with the preserved food? You really can't put it into a museum and sure as hell can not eat it lol.. So I am curious for perhaps a follow up on what will happen... Also, is it just me, or does the reporter doing this segment just seem like he is A) either not interested, or reading completley off a peice of paper, or C) on the late late news channel of NBC or of course D) just doesn't care haha.. I watch NBC news and I've never heard anything like that (his voice that is, to monotone)
Comment icon #17 Posted by Gatofeo on 18 August, 2012, 21:15
In one of his books written in the 1960s or 70s, Jacques Cousteau writes of his diving team finding an intact amphora containing ancient wine. As Frenchmen, they felt they had a duty to sample it. He said it was terrible, and had spoiled during its centuries on the sea floor. I don't recall whether it was vinegary, or just horrid tasting.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Harte on 19 August, 2012, 19:50
Man, you got it made, don't you? Harte
Comment icon #19 Posted by questionmark on 19 August, 2012, 19:54
Giving it up next year and coming home.


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