Ancient Roman ship found off Italy's coast


A general view of the seaport and the 'Lanterna', the ancient and famous lighthouse of Genoa on Dec. 28, 2011 in Genoa, Italy.


Vittorio Zunino Celotto

Tipped off by Genoa's local fisherman, Italian police divers discovered 200 feet below the ocean's surface a Roman merchant from the 1st or 2nd century BCE, according to Discovery News

The divers used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and found the ship buried in mud near the costal city of Genoa.

Discovery News talked to Lt. Col. Francesco Schilardi of the police-diving unit. He said "There are some broken jars around the wreck, but we believe that most of the amphorae inside the ship are still sealed and food-filled."

Amphorae are tall ancient Greek or Roman jars with two handles and a narrow neck. According to NBC News, tests indicate the jars contain pickled fish, grain, wine and oil.

Police have secured the site, and they may raise it from the ocean floor.

Check out this video of the ancient wreck.