Skip to comments.Abandoned Anchors From Punic Wars Found Near Sicily
Posted on 07/03/2013 9:18:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
More than 30 ancient anchors have been discovered near the small Sicilian island of Pantelleria. Leonardo Abelli of the University of Sassari says that the anchors were abandoned by the Carthaginians during the First Punic War more than 2,000 years ago. The Romans had captured the strategically located island with a fleet of more than 300 ships. The Carthaginian ships that were stationing near Patelleria had no other choice than hiding near the northern coast and trying to escape. To do so, they cut the anchors free and left them in the sea. They also abandoned part of their cargo to lighten the ships and gain speed, he explained. His team has also found jars that may have been thrown overboard by the fleeing Carthaginians. Two years ago, Abelli recovered 3,500 bronze coins that may have been intended to compensate troops fighting the Romans. Near the coins we found a large stone anchor with three holes and a tree trunk. We believe they were signaling the point where the treasure was hidden, he added.
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Sunken ships seen in ancient city of Tieion
I wonder how many will think “He said ‘punic’”- *snicker*
Who knew John Kerry was piloting swift boats way back during the Punic Wars?
pubic intossicashun offsser??! My front yard ain’t pubic!!
Some other informative videos on the site include "Ancient Wine," and the discovery of a "Viking Sunstone on a Medieval English wreck."
The videos are narrated by a couple of nerdgeeks you will remember from Jr. High. Annoying. Amusing.
LOL. And you thought that a Classical Education had gone to waste.
why dwell in ignorance?
The Romans lucked into a beached, abandoned Carthaginian ship, took it apart piece by piece, reproduced it in quantity, and built their first navy. Naturally, it came as a surprise to the Carthaginians. Having their asses handed to them also came as a surprise to the Carthaginians.
It should also be pointed out that the Carthaginian armies and navies were almost entirely made up of mercenaries; the aristocracy served as the leaders and rulers of the society, and everyone else was either devoted to trades and commerce or were slaves.
That’s an amazing picture. Anchors still recognizable as such after being abandoned at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea for over 2,000 years.
Fascinating colors and growths adorn them as well. I wonder if the archeologists will try to clean them off, or preserve them as they are.
So we’d have a Latin root for the word, “punitive?”
Never! And I'm sure there are a few esteemed colleagues who would stand by that comment...
Thanks ToL. A few years back the seabed off Actium was searched for traces of the big naval battle between Octavian and Antony. I could have sworn we had a topic about the rather sparse finds, but haven’t yet turned it up.
Search On For Secret Of Greek Sea Battle
Vast and Deadly Fleets May Yield Secrets at Last
[a few minutes go by]
Oh, that’s why I couldn’t find it — the helmet was found off Haifa, Israel.
Found: Ancient Warrior’s Helmet, Owner Unknown (Greek Mercenary Helmet, Circa 600 B.C.)
Mystery of incredibly ornate 2,600-year-old bronze Greek warrior helmet found on seabed
Ahhhh! Perusal fodder. See you later, and thank you so much!
by Patrick E. McGovern
Underwater archaeology projects
Say, are you trying to get rid of me? ;-)
No, I just like to take an undeserved *bow* for all these nautical topics.
Dan Rather, Katie Couric, etc.
[smiles - smooch]