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Italian fishing trawler nets 2 massive Roman storage jars


Two large Roman earthenware vases or 'dolia' have been recovered by a fishing trawler in the sea off the town of Gaeta (Greek: Kaieta), located in the province of Latina, in Lazio, central Italy.

Italian fishing trawler nets 2 massive Roman storage jars
Photo Credit: Gaeta Medievale
The two perfectly preserved storage containers, standing 2 metres tall, were 'caught' by the fishing boat ‘Attila II’ at a depth of 230-240 metres between the island of Ventotene and the promontory of Gaeta.

Italian fishing trawler nets 2 massive Roman storage jars
Photo Credit: Gaeta Medievale
The 'dolia' likely belonged to one of the many cargo ships trading oil and wine or food (possibly wheat) in the Tyrrhenian sea.

Italian fishing trawler nets 2 massive Roman storage jars
Photo Credit: Gaeta Medievale
"The Tyrrhenian sea was one of the main trading routes used continuously from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages", said the historical expert Dante Sacco from Project Summa Ocre. "The discovery in the Gulf of Gaeta gives us full confirmation of this."

Source: La Repubblica [March 18, 2017]
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