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Abandoned Anchors From Punic Wars Found Near Sicily
Archaeology Magazine ^ | Wednesday, July 03, 2013 | from Discovery News

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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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: carthaginians; godsgravesglyphs; pantelleria; romanempire; sicily

Ancient Anchors from Punic Wars Found Off Sicily Jul 3, 2013 10:31 AM ET by Rossella Lorenzi

Ancient Anchors from Punic Wars Found Off Sicily Jul 3, 2013 10:31 AM ET by Rossella Lorenzi

1 posted on 07/03/2013 9:18:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Sunken ships seen in ancient city of Tieion
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sunken-ships-seen-in-ancient-city-of-tieion.aspx?pageID=238&nid=49724&NewsCatID=375


2 posted on 07/03/2013 9:19:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

3 posted on 07/03/2013 9:20:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wonder how many will think “He said ‘punic’”- *snicker*

heh


4 posted on 07/03/2013 9:21:11 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Pubic?


5 posted on 07/03/2013 9:22:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SunkenCiv

Who knew John Kerry was piloting swift boats way back during the Punic Wars?


6 posted on 07/03/2013 9:22:42 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Paladin2

pubic intossicashun offsser??! My front yard ain’t pubic!!


7 posted on 07/03/2013 9:26:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: fhayek
With my doughty crew of Galley-Slaves, I pressed into the very core of the Latin Republic - it is seared, seared in my memory!

Oh, and by the way, did you know I have three Purple Hearts?



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 07/03/2013 9:26:57 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Good find.


9 posted on 07/03/2013 9:27:59 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: SunkenCiv
An excellent find indeed, SunkenCiv! Over a half century since I studied Latin, I still can't remember, or maybe never knew, why they are referred to as the "Punic Wars" rather than the "Carthaginian Wars."

No matter, "Carthago delenda est!"



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

10 posted on 07/03/2013 9:33:09 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SunkenCiv; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Very informative link, Sunk! Thanks.

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.

11 posted on 07/03/2013 9:45:53 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ("Obama" The Movie. Introducing Reggie Love as "Monica." .)
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To: ConorMacNessa

LOL. And you thought that a Classical Education had gone to waste.


12 posted on 07/03/2013 10:09:31 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful!


13 posted on 07/03/2013 10:15:41 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: fhayek
No, not waste. But it sure has gotten lonely up here in 3-D land! My Father used to be fond of saying "The Civilized World is a very small place."

I have come to find that here on FR, that "small place" is more densely populated than anywhere else on this planet.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

14 posted on 07/03/2013 10:24:50 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: GeronL

why dwell in ignorance?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punic


15 posted on 07/04/2013 12:08:38 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: ConorMacNessa; GeronL; Paladin2; fhayek; RitchieAprile

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.


16 posted on 07/04/2013 7:17:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


17 posted on 07/04/2013 7:18:43 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: ConorMacNessa

So we’d have a Latin root for the word, “punitive?”


18 posted on 07/04/2013 7:22:00 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: RedHeeler; Kenny Bunk; onyx

Thanks!
19 posted on 07/04/2013 7:37:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: fhayek; ConorMacNessa
LOL. And you thought that a Classical Education had gone to waste.

Never! And I'm sure there are a few esteemed colleagues who would stand by that comment...


20 posted on 07/04/2013 7:42:26 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: TheOldLady

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.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/salamis/index

Search On For Secret Of Greek Sea Battle
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1427416/posts

Vast and Deadly Fleets May Yield Secrets at Last
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1178420/posts

[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.)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2852306/posts

Mystery of incredibly ornate 2,600-year-old bronze Greek warrior helmet found on seabed
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2853024/posts


21 posted on 07/04/2013 8:03:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ahhhh! Perusal fodder. See you later, and thank you so much!


22 posted on 07/04/2013 8:45:22 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Kenny Bunk

Nice, review by by Spencer P.M. Harrington, glad you found that:

Ancient Wine by Patrick E. McGovern Ancient Wine
by Patrick E. McGovern


23 posted on 07/04/2013 8:58:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: TheOldLady

Underwater archaeology projects
http://www.abc.se/~pa/uwa/projects.htm


24 posted on 07/04/2013 9:15:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow! Thanks.

Say, are you trying to get rid of me? ;-)


25 posted on 07/04/2013 9:39:49 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

No, I just like to take an undeserved *bow* for all these nautical topics.


26 posted on 07/04/2013 12:33:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
More than 30 ancient anchors have been discovered...

Dan Rather, Katie Couric, etc.

27 posted on 07/04/2013 12:35:32 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: SunkenCiv

[smiles - smooch]


28 posted on 07/04/2013 5:56:32 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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