Sunday, July 08, 2012

Shipwrecks shed new light on Roman-era navigation

Greece's culture ministry says two Roman-era shipwrecks found in deep waters off the country's western coast disprove the accepted theory that ancient shipmasters stuck to coastal routes rather than risking the open sea.

A ministry statement says the two 2nd century AD wrecks were discovered earlier this month between 1.2 and 1.4 kilometres (0.7-0.9 miles) deep

A statement said these are the deepest known ancient wrecks in the Mediterranean.

They were located during an investigation off the islands of Corfu and Paxoi, in waters where a Greek-Italian gas pipeline is to be sunk.

Via http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/may/29/shipwrecks-greece-roman-era-navigation