Friday, September 30, 2016

Coins, Statues Discovered Inside 1600-year Old Shipwreck in Israel

Coins, Statues Discovered Inside 1600-year Old Shipwreck in Israel

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Two divers discovered solidified bunch of coins, bronze statues and other artefacts inside a1600-year old shipwreck in Israel. The discovered shipwreck was in the waters of the Roman port of Caesarea, on the Mediterranean Sea.

Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra’anan, discovered some artefacts in April. They discovered the remains of a ship, iron anchors and other material belonging to it. The Israel Antiquities Authority was immediately contacted. And over the following weeks, the authority sent some divers to recover more artefacts.

“Metal statues are rare archaeological finds because they were always melted down and recycled in antiquity,” said Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“When we find bronze artefacts it usually occurs at sea. Because these statues were wrecked together with the ship, they sank into the water and were thus ‘saved’ from the recycling process,” said Sharvit.

Researchers concluded that the ship battled a strong storm. Several artefacts found like the wooden and iron anchor were suspected to be the cause behind the sinking of the ship. The sailors must have tried to hold themselves at a strong position by dropping the anchor but failed to resist the storm. The storm must have been too strong and thus disintegrating the ship, according to Gizmodo.

Among the artefacts were a bronze lamp of Roman sun god Sol, a statue of Goddess of Moon – Luna and broken parts of a jar.

“The sand protected the status; consequently, they are in an amazing state of preservation — as though they were cast yesterday,” he added.

Sharvit commended the efforts of Feinstein and Ra’anan. He said both of them will be awarded a certificate of appreciation. And will be invited to the National Treasurer’s storeroom.

According to Fox News, the artefacts is the largest find of marine artefacts unravelled in the last 30 years.

In February 2015, divers found 2000 coins of gold, making it the most valuable find discovered in Israel.