Malta finds ancient Phoenician shipwreck

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Malta’s Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Owen Bonnici, announced on Monday that a Phoenician shipwreck has been found in Maltese waters.

The 50-feet-long sunken ship is located one mile off the coast of Gozo, Malta’s second largest island, at a depth of 120 meters. The ship dates back to 700 B.C. It could be the oldest shipwreck in the Mediterranean, according to Bonnici.

The site is being explored by GROplan Project, funded by the French National Research Agency. The project is aimed at developing underwater photogrammetry in an efficient and economical way.

Department of Classics and Archaeology at University of Malta and institutions in France and the United States are involved in the project. The discovery was kept secret until the necessary studies were carried out. (source)

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