Archaeologists uncovered a rare ancient Roman shipwreck in the Aegean Sea near the small Greek island of Kasos, according to an announcement from the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The shipwreck dates to between 200-300 AD and was loaded with amphorae — ceramic containers with two handles and pointed bottoms — that were made in Spain and modern-day Tunisia.
Divers made the discovery as part of a three-year research effort called the Kasos Maritime Archaeological Project, spearheaded by the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. The project’s aim is to locate, record and study ancient artifacts found underwater around the island.
Kasos sits along a historic maritime trade route linking the Middle East and Europe and has been a frequent location for sunken vessels such as the ancient Roman ship. Other finds from 2021 include first and fifth-century BC shipwrecks containing amphorae and a modern-era vessel.
The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports released various photographs of the discovery and its findings.
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