Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

2014-08-25 21:19
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Valletta - Divers near a Maltese island have found an ancient ship's cargo that experts say is yielding what could be some of the oldest Phoenician artifacts.

University of Malta researcher Timothy Gambin said on Monday the 20 grinding stones and 50 amphorae from the ship date back to around 700 BC.

Experts hope to find parts of the ship and other artefacts beneath the sandy seabed 1. 6km off Gozo island. They say the ship probably was sailing between Sicily and Malta when it sank.

French National Research Agency and Texas A&M University researchers are also involved.

The location of the shipwreck, discovered months ago, will be disclosed after experts finish their work.

The Phoenicians were a trading people who plied the Mediterranean from 1550 BC until 300 BC.

Read more on:    malta  |  maritime  |  archaeology
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