The Department of the Treasures, burials and Antiquities of the Arab world has recently shared an update regarding the discovery of the wreckage of a Romanian ship that sank 1800 years ago in the dead sea.
The archaeologists from the department have made the information public through its official social media account and expressed that it is a significant uncovering from ancient times.
According to the shared updates, it was claimed that the archaeologists off the Palestinian coast had unearthed a sunken ship containing pieces of decorative marble architecture. In addition, the archaeologists also said that the discovery was followed after a local diver reported a glance at the sunken ship.
The officials from the archaeologist department have confirmed that they followed a trail reported by a diver, and the lead took them to the discovery of the ship. The archaeologist noted that “A diver discovered the site of the wreck and called archaeological authorities, saying he noticed ancient columns on the seabed.”
Furthermore, after the trail given by the diver, the department conducted an underwater survey, which further led the team of archaeologists to the unveiling of Corinthian crowns decorated with botanicals, partially carved crowns and a huge 6-metre-long marble structure.
After the examination of the discovery, the archaeologists said that “It is possible that recent storms have exposed the ship that was covered in seabed sand.” Moreover, archaeologists believe the marble was meant for a high-rise public building such as a temple or theatre, and with humiliation, the ship apparently encountered a storm in shallow water and dropped its anchors in an attempt to prevent the ship from sinking.
“The ship may have come from the Aegean Sea or the Black Sea region in Turkey or Greece and was possibly headed to a port along the southern coast of the Arabian East, Ashkelon or Gaza, or perhaps even Alexandria in Egypt,” reported the archaeologists.
In the end, it was said that the discovery settled a long debate over whether the Romans imported architectural elements that were made entirely in their native lands or whether they were transported into partially sculptured form and sculpted and shaped at their destination location.