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Undisturbed Roman Shipwreck Discovered in Cyprus

A Roman shipwreck with ancient cargo has been discovered, surprisingly undisturbed. Reported by a team of two volunteer divers from University of Cyprus, this Roman shipwreck is loaded with ancient products. The Epoch Times has the details: 

Archaeologists have discovered an undisturbed Roman shipwreck loaded with ancient-era products, the study of which is expected to bring new understandings about ancient trade in the region.
The discovery was made in the sea off Protaras, a resort town popular among tourists for its beaches along the Mediterranean, according to a statement from the Department of Antiquities in the Republic of Cyprus.
A team of archaeologists is already at Protaras and is working on the documentation and protection of the site.
“The site is a wreck of a Roman ship, loaded with transport amphorae, most probably from Syria and Cilicia. It is the first undisturbed Roman shipwreck ever found in Cyprus, the study of which is expected to shed new light on the breadth and the scale of seaborne trade between Cyprus and the rest of the Roman provinces of the eastern Mediterranean,” said the Department of Antiquities.

image credit: Georges Jansoone via wikimedia commons


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