2,000-year-old Roman Shipwrecks Discovered Near Coast of Alexandria, Egypt

The discovery includes a crystal head sculpture and coins dating back to Rome's first emperor, Augustus

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File photo: The coast of Alexandria, Egypt.
File photo: The coast of Alexandria, Egypt.Credit: Nariman El-Mofty/AP

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered three sunken shipwrecks dating back more than 2,000 years to Roman times off the coast of the city of Alexandria.

Tuesday’s statement from Mostafa Waziri, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the discovery was made in collaboration with the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology. Waziri said the archeologists also uncovered a head sculpture carved in crystal and three gold coins dating back to Rome’s first emperor, Augustus.

Parts of large wooden planks and archaeological remains of pottery vessels were also found, which could have been part of the ships’ cargo. The discoveries were made in Alexandria’s Abu Qir Bay.

Separately from the Roman-era finds, a votive bark of the pharaonic god Osiris was found in the nearby sunken city of Heracleion.

A satellite photo of Abu Qir Bay in Egypt, where Roman shipwrecks were recently found.Credit: NASA World Wind/Wikipedia Commons

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