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Ancient anchors found off Sicilian island

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More than 30 anchors dating back to the First Punic War, which took place over 2,000 years ago, have been found in the waters off the Sicilian island of Pantelleria.

According to Leonardo Abelli, an archaeologist from the University of Sassari, the anchors are startling evidence of the Romans’ and Carthaginians’ struggle to conquer the Mediterranean during the First Punic War (264 to 241 B.C.).

“They were deliberately abandoned. The Carthaginian ships were hiding from the Romans and could not waste time trying to retrieve heavy anchors at such depths,” Abelli told Discovery News.

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Story: Rosella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Discovery News

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