‘Ransacking’ of two,200-12 months-Outdated Shipwreck Triggers Investigation in France

France is investigating the plundering of an historical shipwreck found within the depths of the Mediterranean Sea.

The two,200-year-old vessel was found by archeologists in 2017. A latest official exploration of the wreck revealed that unauthorized divers had reached it first, damaging the construction and plundering the uncommon clay containers saved inside.

The ship, dubbed the Fort Royal 1, is believed to have sunk or misplaced its cargo close to Sainte-Marguerite, one of many Lerins islands off the coast of Cannes, throughout the second century BCE. It carried amphoras, or tall Greek and Roman jars used to retailer wine.

“Nicely-conserved wrecks from this era are significantly uncommon,” stated a joint assertion from the department of marine archaeology within the French tradition ministry and Marseille authorities. “That’s why the chance to review the wood physique and the cargo is totally distinctive.”

“The losses of scientific and historic info are in all probability vital,” the assertion continued. In response to the “ransacking of a significant heritage website,” crusing and mooring across the wreck is now prohibited and an emergency preservation operation has been launched. Conservationists are at the moment on the scene assessing the injury.

The service provider vessel was found in 2017 by main French marine archaeologists Anne and Jean-Pierre Joncheray, who devoted many years to the seek for shipwrecks within the Mediterranean. Jean-Pierre died in 2020.

The Joncherays discovered 17 urns in what they referred to as a “outstanding” situation and continued to excavate the Fort Royal 1, which is called after a fortress on Sainte-Marguerite Island, till 2019. At the moment, it’s unclear what number of wine containers have been looted or broken.


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