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Italy coast guards seize amphoras from diving company


(ANSA) – Cagliari, September 21 – Italian coast guards
seized Roman amphoras dating back to the IV century AD that
rightly belong to the state from a motorboat belonging to a
diving company stopped in a routine check in waters off the
coast of the island of Sardinia.
The vessel was stopped as part of routine controls carried
out by Porto Torres coast guards when the officials found seven
prized ancient jars steeped away under berth.
An amphora is an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow
neck. They were more commonly used to hold water, oil or wine.
The amphoras are likely to have been retrieved from the
relic of a ship that sunk between the fourth and the fifth
century near Sardinia, according to experts from the
Sovrintendenza dei beni Archeologici, the state Archeological
The age-old shipwreck is located in the Cala Reale area of
the Asinara island off the coast of Sardinia, according to the
The underwater vessel has often been the focus of studies
carried out by underwater archaeologists.
Subsequent archaeological relics that by rights belong to
the state were discovered in a subsequent search carried out at
the headquarters of the diving company.
The company in question was not identified by name.
The coast guards have reported the motor boat owner as well
as the person that was navigating it at the time it was stopped
to the judiciary authorities and have taken custody of the

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