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Roman cargo found in Caesarea harbour

Statues and coins from a Late-Roman-era shipwreck has been found in the ancient harbour of Caesarea in Israel.

The discovery, hailed as the largest assemblage of marine artifacts recovered in the country during the past 30 years, was initially made by two divers who stumbled across the remains of a large merchant ship. It is estimated the vessel sank during the Late Roman period some 1,600 years ago.

Prompted by the divers’ report, IAA archaeologists cleared an extensive portion of the seabed, bringing to light iron anchors, coins and spectacular bronze statues.

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Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Seeker | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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