Oldest shipwreck in the Mediterranean discovered near Malta

August 25, 2014 7:33 PM

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Oldest shipwreck in the Mediterranean discovered near Malta

Dr. Timmy Gambin with the GROplan Project and researchers from France, the United States, and Malta announced the discovery of the oldest shipwreck in the Mediterranean that has been found to date. The discovery was announced in the Times of Malta on Aug. 25, 2014. The exact location of the vessel will not be released until all of the ship and its contents have been recovered. This measure is necessary to prevent theft of ancient artifacts for sale to individual collectors.

To date the archaeologists and anthropologists have recovered 20 lava grinding stones that weigh about 77 pounds each and 50 wine storage vessels called amphorae. The ship is located roughly one mile off Gozo Island. The artifacts date to 700 B.C.E. and are thought to be Phoenician.

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