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The robots uncover a Roman ship within the depths of the Egadi islands –

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AGI – Robots on the hunt for historical civilizations. A wreck was discovered at a depth of 98 meters within the sea of ​​the Egadi. The ship, from the 4th-Fifth century AD, has an intact load of amphorae of the Almargo 51c kind from the Iberian peninsula. The invention is the results of the analysis marketing campaign in progress within the stretch of water of the Egadi Islands, coordinated by the Superintendence of the Sea of ​​the Sicilian Area in collaboration with the Rpm Nautical Basis, a non-profit group of archaeological analysis and training that since 2005 has supported the maritime archaeological analysis of the Area, and the College of Malta.

Two analysis campaigns have been carried out, in November 2020 and in July of this yr, with a facet scan sonar aboard the Hercules, which supplied essential targets on which analysis resumed in current days. The quite a few surveys (swipes), carried out with superior robotics instruments such because the Auv (autonomous underwater automobile) and the Rov (remotely operated automobiles), have made it attainable to delineate intimately the wreck with its load of amphorae, the return of which in 3D will probably be made in 2022 by SopMare and the College of Malta.

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“This discovery is yet one more demonstration of an incessant work that continues on our seabed – highlights the regional councilor for cultural heritage, Alberto Samonà – to find new submerged archaeological websites. The more and more frequent use of latest applied sciences within the discipline of analysis scuba diving is delivering passable outcomes by opening the Mediterranean to a broader and extra detailed studying. The invention of a brand new wreck at excessive depth, after that of the Roman ship recognized in Isola delle Femmine, confirms the significance of worldwide collaborations“.

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“The distinctive discovery – observes Superintendent Valeria Li Vigni – is a affirmation of what has already been claimed by the Superintendence of the Sea because the time of Sebastiano Tusa who had indicated within the sea of ​​the Egadi an inexhaustible supply of micro-stories that lead us to theconscious of historical past, not solely of Sicily however of the Mediterranean“.

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