Divers Uncover Ancient Shipwreck Cargo in Caesarea, Israel
Caesarea, Israel. 16th May, 2016. JACOB SHARVIT, Director of the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority, holds up part of a bronze lamp decorated with the image of the sun god Sol, among the artifacts discovered in the harbor of Caesarea National Park. An underwater salvage survey conducted in recent weeks at the ancient Caesarea Harbor by divers from the Israel Antiquities Authority has led to the exposure of a “large, spectacular and beautiful, ancient marine cargo” of a merchant ship that sank during the Late Roman period, some 1,600 years ago. Among the well preserved bronze artifacts are two metallic lumps composed of thousands of coins weighing 20 kilograms, bearing the images of the emperor Constantine who ruled the Western Roman Empire (312-324 CE) and was later known as Constantine the Great, ruler of the Roman Empire (324-337 CE), and of Licinius, an emperor who ruled the eastern part of the Roman Empire.