Ancient Roman ship found in Italy
A ship that sailed the Mediterranean in the days of the Roman empire has emerged from the ground at the ancient port of Rome, scientists said Thursday.
Archaeologists so far have uncovered a 35-foot section of one side of the ship, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The ship was discovered during a rescue dig at the site of a new road.
Ostia was located at what was then the mouth of the Tiber River. The Emperor Claudius built facilities there that turned the town into a major port.
Anna Maria Moretti, archaeological superintendent for Rome and Ostia, said restoring the ship “will be an extremely delicate operation.”
“We’re keeping it constantly covered in water so that the wood doesn’t dry out,” she said. “The wreck must be treated with highly sophisticated preservation techniques.”
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