Archaeologists in Israel have found the remnants of two shipwrecks off the Mediterranean coast, replete with a sunken trove of a whole lot Roman and medieval silver cash.
The finds made close to the traditional metropolis of Caesarea have been dated to the Roman and Mamluk durations, about 1,700 and 600 years in the past, archaeologists mentioned. They embrace a whole lot of Roman silver and bronze cash relationship to the mid-third century, in addition to greater than 500 silver cash from the center ages discovered amid the sediment.
They have been discovered throughout an underwater survey carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s marine archaeology unit prior to now two months, mentioned Jacob Sharvit, head of the unit on Wednesday.
Among the many different artifacts recovered from the location close to the traditional metropolis of Caesarea have been collectible figurines, bells, ceramics, and metallic artifacts that after belonged to the ships, resembling nails and a shattered iron anchor.
The IAA nderscored the invention of a Roman gold ring, its inexperienced gemstone carved with the determine of a shepherd carrying a sheep on his shoulders.
Robert Cole, head of the authority’s coin division, referred to as the merchandise “distinctive.”
“On the gemstone is engraved a picture of the ‘Good Shepherd,’ which is absolutely one of many earliest symbols of Christianity,” he mentioned.
Sharvit mentioned that the Roman ship is believed to have initially hailed from Italy, primarily based on the fashion of among the artifacts. He mentioned it remained unclear whether or not any remnants of the wood ships remained intact beneath the sands.