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Roman-era boat found off Italy coast 'almost intact'

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The BBC is carrying this report on the discovery of an apprently very well preserved Roman era ship.

 

Divers say they have discovered a ship off the coast of Italy which they believe is around 2,000 years old.

 

The ship, which was found in the sea of the town on Varazze in the province of Liguria, is thought to be a Roman-era commercial vessel.

 

Fishermen in the area said they had been finding shards of pottery in their nets for years, prompting police divers to launch a search.

 

The ship is said to be in a very well-preserved condition.

 

"The peculiarity of this is that the wreck could be almost intact," Lt Col Francesco Schilardi of the police divers' group told the BBC.

 

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And the BBC now have a video report here

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The BBC is carrying this report on the discovery of an apprently very well preserved Roman era ship.

 

Divers say they have discovered a ship off the coast of Italy which they believe is around 2,000 years old.

 

The ship, which was found in the sea of the town on Varazze in the province of Liguria, is thought to be a Roman-era commercial vessel.

 

Fishermen in the area said they had been finding shards of pottery in their nets for years, prompting police divers to launch a search.

 

The ship is said to be in a very well-preserved condition.

 

"The peculiarity of this is that the wreck could be almost intact," Lt Col Francesco Schilardi of the police divers' group told the BBC.

 

...continued

 

I think if they raised this ship and did some kind of preservation work, it would be a fabulous historical site that might benefit the town. I hope they go for it.

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