Greek experts find Roman wrecks nearly a mile deep PhysOrg.com [USA], May 29, 2012 Two Roman-era shipwrecks have been found in deep water off a western Greek
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Greek experts find Roman wrecks nearly a mile deep
PhysOrg.com [USA], May 29, 2012
Two Roman-era shipwrecks have been found in deep water off a western Greek island, challenging the conventional theory that ancient shipmasters stuck to coastal routes rather than risking the open sea, an
official said Tuesday. Greece's culture ministry said the two third-century wrecks were discovered earlier this month during a survey of an area where a Greek-Italian gas pipeline is to be sunk. They lay between 1.2 and 1.4 kilometers (0.7-0.9 miles) deep in the sea between Corfu and Italy. That would place them among the deepest known ancient wrecks in the Mediterranean, apart from remains found in 1999 of an older vessel some 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) deep off Cyprus. A Greek oceanographic vessel using side-scan radar and robot submarines took footage of scattered cargo â€" storage jars, or amphorae, used to carry foodstuffs and wine â€" cooking utensils for the crew, anchors, ballast stones and what could be remains of the wooden ships. The team also raised samples of pottery and a marble vase.