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Roman Ships
HISTORY IN SARDINIA>THE ANCIENT SHIPS AT OLBIA>THE ROMAN HULLS
 
THE  ROMAN  HULLS

These famous Roman cargo ships, dated V century A.D. and originally from 18-30 m long, were situated on top of the deepest layer. Lying parallel to each other and all on the same level, they were  without cargo.
There are countless finds relative to this period: oil-lamps; glass objects; pottery for table, kitchen or storage purposes; commercial amphoras; columns of local granite; animal bones (even spectacular deer or mouflon palmate antlers). Then fishing (hooks, weights for nets) and marine equipment (awls, needles, marline spikes for leading), a small statue of Osiris, a sapphire from Ceylon, a glass-bead necklace, finger rings, bronze or silver coins (and one gold one), a wooden comb, a phallic amulet, shells used as wind instruments, etc. 

Even more significant are fragments of a life-sized bronze statue (a foot, part of the head, drapery, part of a leg);  of high technical and artistic quality, it portrayed a male and can be dated not later than the I century A.D. The fact that these fragments, found on board one of the Roman wrecks, were very probably splinters destined for recasting, is further testimony to what ultimately happened to manufactured articles in late antiquity.
 

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