Israeli divers find largest trove of Roman shipwreck treasure in decades

Started by gash, April 10, 2017, 11:06:43 am

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The Israel Antiquities Authority sent its divers to investigate and recover the precious Roman-era cargo, which includes bronze statues, lamps, jars, animal-shaped objects, anchors and thousands of coinswith images of Roman emperors Constantine and Licinius.

Some of the objects date to the fourth century, while others are from the first and second centuries, said Jacob Sharvit, director of marine archaeology at the IAA.

After possibly encountering a storm, sailors dropped the anchors to try to save the ship, Sharvit said, but all their attempts failed; the ship drifted and all its cargo plunged into the water at Caesarea and remained there for 1,700 years.

For the full article and VIDEO : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/16/israeli-divers-find-largest-trove-of-roman-shipwreck-treasure-in/
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