Diver finds Roman cargo from 2,000-year-old ship

STORY: Several hundred tile and objects were found under the sand and hidden among rocks off the coast of Taranto in souther Italy.

Archeologists analysed data collected by Matacchiera and confirmed his theory of a ship sinking that can be traced back to the imperial Roman period between the 1st and 4th centuries AD.

According to archaeologists, the ship's cargo was presumably used for the renovation of some coastal villas.

During his dive, Matacchiera also found an iron anchor with a fracture in the spindle, suggesting that before the ship sank, it was in great distress, probably due to a violent swell that pushed it towards the coast.