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Roman shipwreck found near Balearic islands

The wreckage of an 1,800-year-old Roman ship has been found near the Balearic islands.

“As far as we know, this is the first time that a completely unaltered wreck has been found in Spanish waters,” says Javier Rodríguez, one of the marine archeologists who participated in the exploration and documentation of the remains of the ship, describing it as an “architectural jewel.”

The difficult-to-reach location and the fact the waters are part of a National Park have been key factors in the preservation of the vessel.

Local fishermen were the first to suspect the presence of an ancient wreck when fragments of amphorae turned up in their nets near the uninhabited islet. They tipped off IBEAM, which used a robot to probe the area in April 2016. That search turned up images of a large mound of amphorae of various sizes spread out across 15 meters of seabed.

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Story: Nuño Domínguez, El Pais | Photo: Jordi Chias

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