​2,000-Year-Old Roman Shipwreck Found Buried Under Mud

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August 9, 2012

Italian police have found a 2,000-Year-Old Roman shipwreck off the coast with much of its ancient cargo still intact. The shipwreck is buried under layers of mud about 200 feet below the surface of the water near Genoa.

The Roman trading vessel sank along the trade route between Spain and Italy carrying 200 jars, called amphorae.

The wreck was discovered after some of the jars were caught in fishermen’s nets, Discovery News reports. A remotely operated vehicle was then sent to the seabed to explore and located the ship and the amphorae.

Tests on the amphorae that were recovered showed they contained pickled fish, grain, wine and oil, NBC.com reports.

“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,” Lt. Col. Francesco Schilardi, who led the police diving team told Discovery News.

Police are protecting the area around the wreck until it can be decided what to do with the archeological find.