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1600-Year-Old Roman Cargo Found In Israeli City

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On the Mediterranean Sea in the shallow waters of the ancient Roman port of Caesarea. Israel, a unique discovery has been made. When two divers found a 1600-year – old Roman shipwreck containing valuable cargo. Still in the remains of the decaying wooden hold.

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old roman

Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

Not long after, a submerged investigation has been carried out, disclosing the extent of the discovery. A bronze lamp describing the ancient Roman sun god Sol, a statue depicting the moon goddess Luna, jar pieces and several other items have been discovered.

Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

What they didn’t understand was that they found a 1600-year-old shipwreck whose precious cargo was still in the remains of the deteriorating wooden hold. An underwater survey has revealed the extent of the find.

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ancient rome history

Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

Notably, experts discovered 2 metallic lumps weighing roughly 40 lbs, constituted from thousands of ancient coins, blended in the shape of the pottery vessels in which they were contained. The pictures of Emperor Constantine, the Roman Empire ruler in the 4th century and his rival Licinius, governing the eastern Roman Empire for a time, was found on each side of the coins.

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ancient rome history

Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

The site where the shipwreck was discovery was of significance, claims Jacob Sharvit, researcher from the Israel Antiquities Authority, who also says, “A large merchant ship was carrying a cargo of metal slated recycling, which apparently encountered a storm at the entrance to the harbor and drifted until it smashed into the seawall and the rocks.”

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Iron anchors at the wreck site indicate an attempt to stop the ship from crashing into the shore, Sharvit says, but the waves and wind were too powerful.

Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

There was obvious proof that the crew onboard tried to prevent the collision between the ship and the shore, specified by the iron anchors at the wreck site; however, the wind and the waves were too robust for the attempt to succeed, according to Sharvit.

He also notes that under the shallow water, the shipwreck containing the precious cargo are hidden beneath the sand for more than 1,000 years. “Metal statues are rare archaeological finds because they were always melted down and recycled in antiquity,” says the researcher.

Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

“When we find bronze artifacts it usually occurs at sea. Because these statues were wrecked together with the ship. They sank in the water and were thus ‘saved’ from the recycling process,” Sharvit continued. “The sand protected the statues; consequently, they are in an amazing state of preservation — as though they were cast yesterday.”

Given the name in honor of Augustus Caesar, the famous Roman Emperor. Caesarea was established as an important port on the Mediterranean Sea around 20 BC. Currently, the port has become a national part and tourist destination in Israel. The two divers who discovered the valuable assets are among the growing number of scuba divers interested in the site.

Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

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