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Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Roman-era ship off the coast of the East of the island.
In a statement made by the republic of Cyprus, Department of Antiquities, explains that the ship is the first of an undisturbed ancient Roman shipwreck found in the Mediterranean sea, the island nation’s waters.” The vessel was loaded with amphorae, or large, old plant pots, which are most likely out of Syria, and of ancient Cilicia in modern Turkey’s south-eastern coast.
The analysis of the wreck will shed new light on sea trade between Cyprus and the rest of the Roman provinces in the east of the Mediterranean sea, the officials explained in the statement.
THE ANCIENT ROMAN SHIPWRECKS, BEAUTIFUL OBJECTS, HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED NEAR THE EGYPTIAN PORT OF
The wreckage was found in the vicinity of the resort of Protaras, by a couple of volunteer scuba divers from the University of Cyprus’ archaeological research unit.
The wreck was discovered off the coast of the East of the island.
Republic of Cyprus Department of Antiquities)
It is also the first time that an underwater archaeological project that is fully funded by the government of cyprus.
A team from the Maritime Archaeology Research Laboratory at the University of Cyprus in co-operation with the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus University of Technology to document and protect the site.
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER 60 ANCIENT SHIPWRECKS IN THE BLACK SEA
Roman shipwrecks have been in the grasp of the focus of attention in the last couple of years. In 2017, for example, archaeologists in Egypt discovered the three Roman-era shipwrecks, and other beautiful ancient artifacts in the Mediterranean sea, on the sea floor off the coast of Alexandria.
Climate-change researchers, who are working in the area of the Black Sea, was discovered 60 shipwrecks, dating back 2,500 years, to which the ships of the Roman and Byzantine periods.
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Off the coast of Portugal, and of the Underwater Archaeological map of the Municipality of Cascais has many wrecks dating back to the Roman times.
The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers