Two Amphoras Almost 2,000 Years Old Discovered At A Beach In Cádiz Province

Image of Guardia Civil GEAS divers locating the amphorae in Cadiz.

Image of Guardia Civil GEAS divers locating the amphorae in Cadiz. Credit: Guardia Civil GEAS

Two amphorae dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries have been discovered at a beach in Puente Mayorga, in the Cadiz municipality of San Roque.

An operation involving officers from the Guardia Civil’s Group of Specialists in Underwater Activities (GEAS) of the Algeciras Command collaborated with members of the Centre for Underwater Archeology (CAS) to retrieve the pieces. They were subsequently transferred to the Museum of Cádiz.

A diver alerted the police to the sighting of a large amphora

As reported by the force, the operation was initiated after a Guardia Civil patrol in the San Roque area was summoned by a diver.

He informed them that he had seen a large amphora half-buried some eight metres from the shore, on the beach of Puente Mayorga.

Guardia Civil specialists visited the beach and began a search in the area indicated by the diver, finally finding two half-buried amphorae.

They were found in shallow water with good visibility

These two ancient objects were found in an area of shallow water close to the coast, with good visibility, with the GEAS Group informing the Andalucian Council of Tourism, Culture and Sports of their find.

The Andalucian Institute of Historical Heritage subsequently carried out an assessment of the area. In a joint action with the GEAS, they planned a quick extraction to avoid possible plundering of the site.

The pieces underwent stabilisation treatment

Once extracted from their location the pieces were deposited in the CAS workshops where they were subjected to stabilisation treatment before their definitive transfer to the Museum of Cádiz.

The second piece was verified as a ‘Dressel 14’ with a chronology that oscillates between the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, as reported by

Out of archaeological context, these are two isolated pieces whose secondary position – the location in which they were found and the state of the fractures they presented – suggested that they had been moved from another area for possible extraction.

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