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Road construction uncovers 2,000-year-old ship

Road construction near the ancient Roman port of Ostia has uncovered a 2,000-year-old wooden ship.

“It shows that the coastline during during ancient Roman times was some 3-4 kilometres farther inland than it is now,” said Ostia archaeology official Anna Maria Moretti .

The wooden ship was about 11 metres long, making it one of the largest ancient vessels excavated near Ostia Antica, a port city founded some 2,500 years ago and Rome’s first colony.

So far, one side of the ship is visible, but its bow and stern are missing.

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Story: AKI| Photo: AKI

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