An ancient Roman shipwreck dating back to the time of Jesus Christ has been discovered off Fiskardo

Archaeology breakthrough: Shipwreck from time of Christ discovered with unexpected cargo

An ancient Roman shipwreck dating back to the time of Jesus Christ has been discovered off the coast of a Greek island loaded down with jugs used to store wine.

Experts examined the amphorae – tall jugs or jars with handles and narrow necks used by the Greeks and the Romans – and were able to determine the period in which they were used. Dr George Ferentinos of the University of Patras and a team of researchers dated the wreck to between the 1st century BC and the first century AD. They found the wreck using sonar imaging to search the seabed around the island of Cephalonia, or Kefalonia, reports the Journal of Archaeological Science. 

They dubbed it the Fiscardo after the nearby fishing port popular with tourists. 

Dr Ferentinos said if the ship was removed from the floor of the Mediterranean in the future, researchers could get their hands on the hull which may hold more clues about its origin. 

He said the Fiscardo is among the largest four shipwrecks dating from this period to have been found in the Med. 

Dr Ferentinos said: “Its half-buried in the sediment, so we have high expectations that if we go to an excavation in the future, we will find part or the whole wooden hull.” 

Dr Ferentinos is an expert in marine geology, underwater archaeology, oceanography and human prehistory. 

The top of the vessel was found to be filled with amphorae. 

Experts believe up to 6,000 amphorae were on board when he ship went down. 

source – express.co.uk

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