The Adriatic Times Sinke

Have you ever wondered what happened to ancient wooden ships that lost their way and ended on the sea bottom? It may come as a surprise to many, but they completely vanish. Centuries of submerged conditions will do that to softer materials that easily decompose (such as wood). However, metal and ceramic artifacts handle the surroundings much better and stay idle for untold years below the surface.

The photo above depicts a large quantity of ancient amphora vessels that was found in the vicinity of Pag Island. It is believed they are more than 2000 years old, and were transported by Roman ship that didn’t reach the safe harbor. The wreckage vanished as time passed, leaving the cargo intact on the bottom. The amphorae fundamentally bonded together, resembling a colony of seashells.

This underwater locality has more than twenty meters in length, making it an ideal spot for diving excursion. If visiting Pag Island and looking for a nice spot for scuba activities, this inspiring spot may be just the thing you are looking for.

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Photo: Bozidar Vukicevic / CROPIX