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2,000-year-old shipwrecks discovered off Croatian island of Hvar


Croatian archaeologists have discovered two ancient shipwrecks off Šćedro, the islet on the south side of Hvar.


2,000-year-old shipwrecks discovered off Croatian island of Hvar
Credit: HRT



"The two completely preserved shipwrecks, on which there are no traces of damage or looting, are rare and important finds on the Adriatic", explains archaeologist Saša Denegri from the Conservation Department of the Ministry of Culture.


2,000-year-old shipwrecks discovered off Croatian island of Hvar
Credit: HRT

"The older shipwreck, which was discovered in 2017, has been fully explored and protected, and its location has drawn tourist divers and explorers. A discreet galvanized cage was placed on the find, through which the amphorae, stacked in regular rows in the bowels of the ship, can be seen very well", adds archaeologist Tea Katunarić.


2,000-year-old shipwrecks discovered off Croatian island of Hvar
Credit: HRT



Recently, local Marino Jakas discovered another shipwreck and informed archaeologists about it. "I discovered it from fishing stories. Just from the stories of a trawler, whose net got stuck on a hill of amphorae," says Marino.


2,000-year-old shipwrecks discovered off Croatian island of Hvar
Credit: Kantharos

"This second shipwreck, is also intact", says archaeologist Tea Katunarić. "It dates from the 3rd or 2nd century BC, which is also very rare in the Adriatic. Šćedro is now becoming a unique location, which has two preserved Graeco-Roman underwater sites."


2,000-year-old shipwrecks discovered off Croatian island of Hvar
Credit: Kantharos



Researchers from the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries have also discovered what may be a third ancient shipwreck at the Pakleni islands just off Hvar, during field research on foreign species on the seabed as part of the BENTHIC NIS project, funded by the Croatian Science Foundation. 


2,000-year-old shipwrecks discovered off Croatian island of Hvar
Credit: Kantharos

“The team from the Institute has been monitoring for many years and they noticed that there are antique dishes there. With the erosion of Posidonia, an ancient amphora that has been preserved came to light. at a depth of only 20 metres. It is dated to the period between the 3rd and 5th centuries, and the inside is coated with resin to make it water-tight. Examining the terrain, we found two more ancient jugs completely preserved. One is a table jug and the other is for straining wine. We also found a number of fragments of amphorae scattered around,” said Katunarić.


Source: HRT [trsl. TANN, November 12, 2020]



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