A diver who noticed one thing metallic not removed from Sardinia’s coast has led to the invention of tens of hundreds of historical bronze cash
ByThe Related Press
November 4, 2023, 1:00 PM
ROME — A diver who noticed one thing metallic not removed from Sardinia’s coast has led to the invention of tens of hundreds of historical bronze cash.
Italy’s tradition ministry mentioned Saturday that the diver alerted authorities, who despatched divers assigned to an artwork safety squad together with others from the ministry’s undersea archaeology division.
The cash courting from the primary half of the fourth century had been present in sea grass, not removed from the northeast shore of the Mediterranean island. The ministry did not say precisely when the primary diver caught a glimpse of one thing metallic simply off shore Sardinia, not removed from the city of Arzachena.
Precisely what number of cash have been retrieved hasn’t been decided but, as they’re being sorted. A ministry assertion estimated that there are not less than about 30,000 and presumably as many as 50,000, given their collective weight.
“All of the cash had been in a wonderful and uncommon state of preservation,” the ministry mentioned. The few cash that had been broken nonetheless had legible inscriptions, it mentioned.
“The treasure discovered within the waters off Arzachena characterize probably the most essential coin discoveries,” in recent times, mentioned Luigi La Rocca, a Sardinian archaeology division official.
La Rocca added in a press release that the discover is “additional proof of the richness and significance of the archaeological heritage that the seabed of our seas, crossed by males and items from essentially the most historical of epochs, nonetheless maintain and protect.”
Firefighter divers and border police divers had been additionally concerned in finding and retrieving the cash.
The cash had been primarily present in a large space of sand between the underwater seagrass and the seaside, the ministry mentioned. Given the situation and form of the seabed, there could possibly be stays of ship wreckage close by, the ministry mentioned.