Recently, researchers used sonar and other instruments to discover the largest ancient Roman shipwreck to date in the eastern Mediterranean. When scientists discovered the ship, amphora from 2,000 years ago were still in good condition.
According to CNN, archaeologists from the University of Patras in Greece discovered the 110-foot-long sunken ship during a sonar survey of the seabed off the coast of Kefalonia. Amphora used to store olive oil and wine. The wreck is dated to between 100 BC and AD 100, and while most boats from that era were around 50 feet long, this ship is 110 feet long and is believed to be the largest ancient shipwreck ever found in the eastern Mediterranean.
Giorgio Ferentinos of the University of Patras said it was the fourth-largest shipwreck ever recorded in the entire Mediterranean and was of great archaeological significance. Experts believe the discovery shows Fiscardo was an important stop on Roman trade routes.
Currently, the question facing scientists is what to do with the sunken ship. Ferentin told CNN that recovering the ship would be difficult and expensive. They are working on a cheaper solution – using DNA technology to detect whether clay pots are filled with wine, olive oil, nuts, wheat or barley. They will then look for an investor to design a diving park for the wreck.
A replica of the ship is currently housed in the Ionian Aquarium in Kefalonia, along with other treasures found in the waters surrounding the island.