Scuba divers unearth the sunken remains of 2,000-year-old Gallic amphoras


A haul of 2,000 year old pottery has been discovered on the sea bed of the Mediterranean. 

Fifteen Gallic amphoras were found half submerged in the sand and were first spotted by two scuba divers outside the city of Portofino in late November last year.

Archaeologists have now begun the process of pulling the pottery from the waters for further study. 


Edoardo Sbaraini and Gabriele Succi, from Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy found the ancient jars and immediately informed the local Department of Antiquities. 

The first ceramic jug was picked up from the ocean floor on January 10, 2019.

Footage taken by the divers shows the ancient jars lying 164 feet (50 metres) under the surface. 

Most of them are perfectly intact but one has been shattered and became home to an array of marine wildlife, including two lobsters.

Mr Sbaraini said: ‘Thanks to our underwater scooters we were able to conduct a wide survey of the waters outside of Portofino, and we found the amphoras in a place divers don’t normally get to.

‘The first thing we noticed was the necks and flat bottoms of some of the jars popping out of the sand.

‘When we realised what we’d found we were shocked, it’s every diver’s dream to find historical relics and for us it was an incredible experience.

‘We told the Soprintendenza [Department of Antiquities] about the jars and they were on the place basically on the same day.’

According to Mr Sbaraini, new statements from the Department of Antiquities are expected to come out in next weeks to shed more light on the precise origin of the relics.

Mr Sbaraini said: ‘The archeologists are as excited about these findings as we are.

‘They have said it’s a very unique occurrence, and they took one of the amphoras out of the water to use it as a sample and study it.’


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