2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck discovered, food intact
Divers say they have discovered a ship off the coast of Italy which they believe is about 2,000 years old.
The ship, which was found in the sea off the town on Varazze in the province of Liguria, is thought to be a Roman-era commercial vessel.
A search for the shipwreck was launched after local fisherman revealed they kept finding pieces of pottery in their nets.
The divers found the wreck so well preserved even the food, still sealed in over 200 pots, is intact.
‘The peculiarity of this is that the wreck could be almost intact,’ Lt Col Francesco Schilardi of the police divers’ group told the BBC.
‘We believe it dates to sometime between the 1st Century BC and the 1st Century AD,’
Researchers believe the mud on the seabed protected the wreck.
Test on some of the recovered jars revealed they contained pickled fish, grain, wine and oil.
The foodstuffs were traded in Spain for other goods.
‘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. Schilardi.
The ship is thought to have travelled on trade routes between Spain and what is now central Italy and was loaded with more than 200 clay amphorae likely to have contained fish, wine, oil and grain.