Imperial period Roman ship unearthed near RomeMay 1st, 2011 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 1(ANI): Italian archaeologists have discovered remains of an imperial period Roman ship near Ostia Antica, a port city founded some 2,500 years ago.
The remains of the ship, an 11-m-vessel missing its bow and stern, was found at a depth of 4 m during repairs of a bridge linking modern-day Ostia to Fiumicino, the town that hosts Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport.
A tentative date for the vessel is early Imperial period (25 BCE - 197 CE).
Their excavation also showed that the coastline was 4 kilometres inland from where it is now.
Anna Maria Moretti, superintendent of archaeology in Rome and Ostia Antica, said she had not expected the finding of the remarkably preserved vessel that has even the remains of rope. (ANI)
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