THE SHIP THAT CRASHED INTO THE COAST OF SANISERA

Handle of Amphorae Tarraconensis Dressel 2/4 showing coastal point where the Roman ship collided.

Handle of Amphorae Tarraconensis Dressel 2/4 showing coastal point where the Roman ship collided.

During the archaeological activities in 2013 many isolated fragments of Tarraconensis Amphorae were discovered, in a place not easily accessible and close to the coast. In these first days of the new campaign 2014 of The Sanisera Field School, we have performed a ground survey on that site.

After the new analysis, the presence of Betic Amphorae has been documented. According to our hypothesis, a high imperial vessel, with a cargo with Betic and Tarraconensis containers, should sank after a big crash into the coast. Maybe by the action of the strong Tramontana wind.

Tarraconensis Amphorae fragments thereof roman shipwreck discovered 11 meters deep

Tarraconensis Amphorae fragments thereof roman shipwreck discovered 11 meters deep.

That crash caused the transfer of ceramic material from the vessel to the coast, in the time prior to its collapse. Therefore, we should find Betic and Tarraconensis materials on the seabed near the coastal distribution of materials.

After the first underwater survey of the place, we have been able to confirm the presence of Tarraconensis material. During this first session we will continue the survey in that place, in order to properly confirm our new hypothesis.

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