Deep sea divers discover ship believed to have sunk up to 2,000 years ago

DEEP SEA: The wreck, from the High Empire era, was transporting construction materials and is the first recorded vessel found with this type of cargo on the island. Photo: @ensenyat

A ROMAN ship dating back to the first or second century has been discovered by underwater archaeologists at the bottom of the sea in Mallorca.

The wreck, from the High Empire era, was transporting construction materials and is the first recorded vessel found with this type of cargo on the island.

In a statement, Consell de Mallorca vice president, Francesc Miralles, said: “These works are an opportunity to learn more about history, and the authority is committed to ensuring the integrity of these sites against the risk of pillaging.”

The discovery was made thanks to the work of the Underwater Archaeological Charter of Mallorca investigating the waters between Cala Castell cove and Pollença port.

During the search, the team also located a second modern period vessel with preserved wooden examples of naval architecture.

The findings have been added to the charter of Mallorca which manages, researches and conserves underwater cultural heritage.

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