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Roman ship anchors found in the sea off Italy's Ventotene Island


The Carabinieri Nucleo Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale di Roma, together with the staff of the Underwater Carabinieri Nucleus of Rome, has identified finds of high historical and archaeological interest on the seabed off the island of Ventotene in the Tyrrhenian Sea, following a report made by a local expert diver about the possible presence of archaeological remains on the seabed.

Roman ship anchors found in the sea off Italy's Ventotene Island
Divers sifting for finds [Credit: Latina24ore]
The military, coordinated by archaeological officials of the Superintendence of Fine Arts and Landscape Archaeology for the provinces of Frosinone Latina and Rieti, directed by Superintendent Paola Refice, have identified the finds at a depth of about 40 metres.



The oldest of the finds is an oval-shaped stone anchor from a ship dating back to the period between the sixth and fourth centuries BC. More recently, a lead anchor stump and a lead counter anchor, which were part of the original unpreserved wooden anchor, probably belonging to a Roman ship dating back to the period between the third century BC and the first and second centuries AD.

Roman ship anchors found in the sea off Italy's Ventotene Island
Ventotene Island [Credit: Latina.biz]



Dating back to the Roman Imperial period is a lead anchor block damaged by oxidation and corrosion, welded to an iron "admiralty type" anchor with movable bar and a smaller anchor, all probably belonging to the same wreck of a Roman ship of the Imperial period ( 1st-2nd century AD).

From modern wrecks there is also an iron "admiralty type" anchor and a "grappling hook type" anchor. The Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio for the provinces of Frosinone Latina and Rieti, through its Underwater Protection Service, has decided to enhance the archaeological context in situ, according to recent UNESCO guidelines on underwater cultural heritage.

Source: Latina24ore [trsl. TANN, July 01, 2020]

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