Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Medicinal pills found on ancient Roman shipwreck

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Rome, January 8 - Pill-shaped disks found in an
ancient Roman shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany were used to
create medicinal eye-drops, researchers at the University of
Pisa say.
An analysis of ancient, gray disks, about four centimeters
in diameter and one centimeter thick, revealed a zinc-based
composition that also included iron oxide, starch, beeswax, pine
resin, a mix of animal and vegetable fats, flax fiber, coal,
starch, grains and pollens.
The research, led by Erika Ribechini at the University of
Pisa, will be published in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
The tablets were found on the Pozzini Shipwreck, which
dates back to about 140-130 B.C.
Since its discovery in 1974, the Pozzini Shipwreck has
become an important font of archeological knowledge.
Only the central part of the boat was conserved, which
leaned from east to west.
The boat carried Pergamon vases, amphorae from Rhodes for
transporting wine, Ephesus lamps, and "oinoche" pitchers for
pouring wine, which suggests that the boat - or at least part of
its cargo - came from the Greek coasts.

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