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Ancient Roman shipwreck discovered off Crimea coast

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Published: 04:24 GMT, Aug 10, 2018 |
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Researchers in Crimea have uncovered a riveting archaeological find not far from the Sevastopol coastline. At the mouth of the usually busy and picturesque Balaklava Gulf, sonar scans revealed what turned out to be a Roman trading vessel dating from 2-3rd century AD.

The ship lay 85 meters below the waves and proved to be a challenge for divers to reach and thoroughly inspect. Nevertheless, Neptune Expedition diver Pavel Lapshin revelled at the chance to be part of an archaeological mission. He was part of a two-man group of professional career divers who took video and photo material for experts to analyse.

Crimea native historian Viktor Lebedinsky was able to determine the type and purpose of the ship based on the footage, with the anchor providing the most concrete evidence. Since Crimea was a Roman colony in ancient times, the Sevastopol State University Marine Studies Department already had a scale model which they used to study the ships of their former conquerors. The ship was of the round type, meaning it carried significant cargo and treaded waters in peacetime.

Neptune Expedition Maritime Research hopes to gather funds for a more large scale study of the object next year, and maybe have the opportunity to retrieve it. There have been no reports of treasures found so far.

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