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X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
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2,700-Year-Old Phoenician shipwreck discovered off Malta

Ancient shipwreck may be the oldest ever found in the Mediterranean Sea.
Phoenician ship Carved on the face of a sarcophagus. 2nd century AD.
History.com  |  2,700-Year-Old Phoenician Shipwreck Discovered    |   09-23-2014
The discovery was made several months ago one mile off the coast of Gozo Island by an international team of researchers.
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The discovery is considered to be unique because it is the oldest shipwreck in the central Mediterranean and it is in a fantastic state of preservation.

—Timothy Gambin, University of Malta

The ancient Phoenician ship was located at at depth of about 120m. The vessel is a 15 meters long and cargo lays strewn across a 65 sq m area around the wreck.

The remains included 20 lava grinding stones weighing nearly 80 pounds each and 50 amphorae—large ceramic jugs with two handles and narrow necks used to hold wine.

Since the Mediterranean’s sandy seabed cushioned the impact of the wreck, the relics were well preserved and could be dated to 700 B.C., which could make the discovery the oldest shipwreck in the Mediterranean.

The ancient Phoenician ship was typical of the trading vessels that stopped in Malta to sell cargo, and since researchers discovered seven different types of amphorae in the wreck, they surmised that the ship had made numerous ports of call. It is believed that the vessel was sailing between Sicily and Malta when it met its watery demise.

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