Roman shipwreck found near Mallorca

It was shipwrecked, probably during a stopover, 1,700 years ago. The wreckage of a Roman ship has been discovered off Mallorca, the largest island in the Balearic Islands, as reported by Futura Sciences . Invisible for many centuries, the wreck was revealed a few years ago, stirred up by a summer storm in the waters of the bay of Palma de Mallorca.

The local authorities, alerted by the high probability of the presence of an archaeological treasure, then launched explorations in order to best preserve the wreck and what it could contain. If the wreck is only about fifty meters from the beach and two meters deep, it will take three years to extract the spectacular cargo, in an exceptional state of preservation. Buried in the sands of the seabed, the wreck and the objects on board are indeed in remarkable condition.

On board this ship, which we guess merchant, were in particular amphoras containing wine, olives, oil and garum, a sauce made from fish fermented in salt, according to Futura Sciences. The contents of the amphorae, sealed and buried, isolated from oxygen and light, are in a very good state of preservation. The wreck itself is in good condition and will allow archaeologists to learn more about the structure of Roman ships.

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