(NEWSER) – A 2,000-year-old shipwreck discovered off the coast of Italy could yield a pretty neat find: jars of preserved food from ancient Rome. Divers launched a search near Varazze, a town in the province of Liguria, after more than 80 years of reports from fishermen that they were bringing up Roman pottery shards and artifacts in their nets. The divers believe the wreck is a Roman-era commercial vessel from between the first century BC and the first century AD, and it's extremely well preserved thanks to protective mud on the seabed, the BBC reports. "The peculiarity of this is that the wreck could be almost intact," the commander of the police divers' group says.
Posted Wednesday, August 14th 2013 @ 10am by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff