"Undisturbed" shipwreck discovered in Roman times before Cyprus
Archaeologists have discovered the wreckage of a Roman ship off the east coast of Cyprus.
In a statement, the Cypriot Ministry of Antiquities stated that the wreck was the first undisturbed Roman shipwreck found in the waters of the Mediterranean island. The ship is loaded with amphorae or large antique glasses, probably from Syria and ancient Cilicia on today's Turkish southeast coast.
The analysis of the shipwreck will shed new light on the maritime trade between Cyprus and the rest of the Romans throwing provinces of the eastern Mediterranean, officials said in the statement.
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The wreck was found near the spa town of Protaras by a pair of volunteer divers from the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus. [1
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The shipwreck was discovered off the coast of eastern Cyprus.
(Republic of Cyprus, Department of Antiquities)
It is also the first time that an underwater archaeological project is fully funded by the Cypriot Government.
A team from the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Cyprus works with the Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus Technical University to document and protect the site.
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Other Roman shipwrecks have attracted attention in recent years. For example, in 2017, archaeologists in Egypt discovered three shipwrecks from Roman times and other impressive ancient artifacts on the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Alexandria.
Climatologists working in the Black Sea also discovered 60 shipwrecks from 2,500 years ago. These include ships from the Roman and Byzantine periods.
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Off the coast of Portugal, the underwater archeology map of the municipality of Cascais contains numerous shipwrecks dating back to Roman times.
The Associated Press has contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers