Friday, September 09, 2011

Locals find ancient warships off Sicily

For thousands of years the remnants of the final battle of the first Punic War lay undisturbed off the coast of Sicily, until last week when a Stock Island-based research firm raised artifacts from the seafloor that historians say provide clues as to how the largest conflicts in antiquity were waged.

Historians, divers, scientists and archaeologists with the nonprofit RPM Nautical Foundation raised helmets and vessel-battering rams used during a battle between Roman and Carthaginian forces in 241 B.C., a sea battle that contributed to the Romans achieving empire status and dominion over the then-known world.

It is considered the first-ever such find, and the discovery off the Egadi Islands is propelling the Shrimp Road nonprofit to major league status among academics worldwide. The organization was set up to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes, not treasure hunting.

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