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Divers find submerged Roman artefacts off Tuscan coast

A team of divers from Italy's fire service discovered a Roman anchor and an urn during a training session off the coast of Tuscany, they announced on Tuesday.

Divers find submerged Roman artefacts off Tuscan coast
The wooden anchor [Credit: Vigili del Fuoco]
The artefacts - part of a wooden anchor measuring 150cm long and a damaged urn - "date back to the Roman era", the fire service said in a statement.

They were found at a depth of around 13 metres, during a training session in the coastal town of Livorno, 500 metres from the town's Terrazza Mascagni, a popular terrace and tourist spot on the seafront.

After recovering the objects, divers notified the local archaeology authorities, whose experts will carry out a full assessment of the finds.

Firefighters noted that ancient artefacts had been found in the same strait before - however, they are far from being the largest relics which have lain forgotten off Italy's shores for centuries.

Source: The Local [February 15, 2017]

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