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Ancient Roman Shipwrecks Found In Med

By Wyatt Earp | July 25, 2009

Spanish Amphorae

Okay, this is a pretty awesome find.

ROME — Archaeologists have found five well-preserved Roman shipwrecks deep under the sea off a small Mediterranean island, with their cargo of vases, pots and other objects largely intact, officials said Friday.

The ships are submerged about 330 to 490 feet off Ventotene, a tiny island that is part of an archipelago off Italy’s west coast between Rome and Naples.

The ships, which date from between the 1st century B.C. and the 4th century, carried amphorae — vases used for holding wine, olive oil and other products — as well as kitchen tools and metal and glass objects that have yet to be identified, Italy’s Culture Ministry said. The spot was highly trafficked, and hit by frequent storms and dangerous sea currents.

Apparently, the ships were enroute to the world’s first Olive Garden, located in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The discovery is part of a new drive by archaeological officials to scan deeper levels of the sea and prevent looting of submerged treasures. (H/TFOXNews)

Submerged treasures, eh? Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today!

Topics: Coolness! | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Ancient Roman Shipwrecks Found In Med”

  1. Old NFO Says:
    July 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    That’s going to be one EXPENSIVE bottle of wine… er… amphorae…

  2. Randal Graves Says:
    July 26th, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I call dibs!

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 26th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Old NFO – I wonder if it was red or white?

    Randal – 1 B.C. was a very good year.