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    Large Roman-era shipwreck found

    From Smithsonian Magazine:

    Researchers exploring the waters off the Greek Island of Kefallinia have unearthed one of the largest Roman-era shipwrecks ever found.
    As Julia Buckley reports for CNN, a team from Greece’s University of Patras located the remains of the ship, as well as its cargo of 6,000 amphora while conducting a sonar scan of the area. The 110-foot-long vessel, newly detailed in the Journal of Archaeological Science, was situated at a depth of 197 feet.

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    What's amphora. That's awesome I always wanted to salvage shipwrecks Mel Fisher stole my dream a Roman shipwreck surprised theres anything left I would think its wood wood have deteriorated. Cool post I love that kind of thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    What's amphora. That's awesome I always wanted to salvage shipwrecks Mel Fisher stole my dream a Roman shipwreck surprised theres anything left I would think its wood wood have deteriorated. Cool post I love that kind of thing
    Amphora = clay jars.

    Wood appears to be under the bottom mud and so may be preserved, like ours here.

    We know little about Mediterranean commerce and "life" aboard ships then, so who knows what will come to light?

    The Journal is a good read detailing a great sonar story and cool pics for those interested.
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    Amphoras are clay vessels " jars" used in the era for storage/shipping . Many are found in the Mediterranean sea on shipwrecks. These are on that shipwreck !!
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    I think there is enough amphora on the wreck for every Archie who works on it, to take one home.
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    That's a lot of amphora.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enrada View Post
    I think there is enough amphora on the wreck for every Archie who works on it, to take one home.
    The lucky ones get amphora with wine in them!

    Imagine the papers they could write!
    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." — Friedrich Nietzsche

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    It would be called "Deaccession". Type deaccession into Google news and see how many museums are doing it! Why can't treasure hunters do it to?

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    Enrada ypu are right on. Major museums sell historic artifacts. They call it "deaccession" to get rid of excess inventory. But when treasure hunters do it the archies scream "greed."

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    they were used heavily to transport wines and olive oils ...anything liquid basically also food like olives in brine and such ...clay jars --the mason jars of their time

 

 

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