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Greek experts find Roman wrecks nearly a mile deep

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  • Robert Blau
    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.

      http://phys.org/news/2012-05-greek-experts-roman-mile-deep.html

      See also Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata [Italy]:
      http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2012/05/31/Archaeology-Greece-ancient-wreckage-found-Ionian-Sea_6961616.html



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