Thanks to José J. Barceló for wasting part of his time to ceramics!!



The Center for Underwater Archeology of Catalonia (CASC) helds every year several archaeological campaigns by the Catalan coast. In Girona's districts, Thetis ship archaeologists have continued drilling in the Aiguablava beach, where they discovered another vessel. This is a Roman ship dating to the turn of the horse was (between centuries BC AD) and carrying a cargo of amphorae of wine.

The ship has been discovered was engaged in coastal trade, and wine distributed by the various ports. Archaeologists estimate that the boat was carrying about one hundred amphorae. Of these, twenty have been recovered which are almost intact.

They have also taken thirty more to the surface to which only one missing piece. "We have also found many pieces that help us get used to the idea that the charge was" concrete Gustau Vivar.

Among the pieces have been recovered, highlights an amphora neck that still has the cork. In addition, it also has located a lead that was used to measure the depth and nature of the seabed. "The Romans put resin on the basis of lead, and as sticky, could know whether there was rock or earth," the archaeologist concrete. Now, consider the different jars and preserved the remains which will give data on the origin of these and the type of wine they contained.

According Vivar, we would find out if the amphorae were manufactured in a single workshop or in various workshops, and if the wine was carrying the same producer or he 'had picked up stays in ports.



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