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Italian archaeologists find 2 sunken Roman ships off Turkey


(ANSA) - Ankara, October 8 - Two ancient Roman shipwrecks,
complete with their cargo, have been discovered by Italian
archaeologists off the coast of Turkey near the the ancient
Roman city of Elaiussa Sebaste.
The ships, one dating from the Roman Imperial period and
the other from about the sixth century AD, have been found with
cargoes of amphorae and marble, say researchers from the Italian
Archaeological Mission of Rome's University La Sapienza.
Both ships were discovered near Elaiussa Sebaste, on the
Aegean coast of Turkey near Mersin, according to a statement
issued by the Italian embassy in Ankara.
Officials say the discoveries - led by Italian
archaeologist Eugenia Equini Schneider - confirm the important
role Elaiussa Sebaste played within the main sea routes between
Syria, Egypt, and the Anatolian peninsula from the days of
Augustus until the early Byzantine period.
Elaiussa, meaning olive, was founded in the 2nd century BC
on a tiny island attached to the mainland by a narrow isthmus in
the Mediterranean Sea.
Schneider has been leading the excavations since 1995.

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