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A 2,000-year-old shipwreck holds undamaged food

A 2,000-year-old shipwreck that carried trade between Italy and Spain found

A 2,000-year-old shipwreck was found beneath the mud of the sea in Italy, off the coast of Varazze, its contents untouched.

The ship is believed to have been making its journey between the first century B.C. and the first century A.D. when it took its 200 foot fall.

Lt. Col Francesco Schilardi of the police divers’ group said, “The peculiarity of this is that the wreck could be almost intact.”

Jars of food were found in the 2,000-year-old shipwreck, still covered, and their contents well-preserved.

Though a name for the ship still has not been found, the 2,000-year-old shipwreck was determined to be a commercial ship. It most likely carried trade from Italy to Spain.

The mud surrounding the 2,000-year-old shipwreck protects the contents and the exterior of the ship.

Food-carrying amphorae, jars that transported both solid and liquid foods were found, most likely part of trading. Foods the amphorae carried included wine, oil and olives.

According to Batangas Today, discovery of the 2,000-year-old shipwreck was incited when fishermen reported tools and shards of clay in their fishnets.

Though no plan to investigate is fully set, nobody is currently permitted to dive in the area where the 2,000-year-old shipwreck was found, to protect the vessel.   

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