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Fishermen Report Medieval Shipwreck Off Italy’s Southern Coast

Monday, December 28, 2015

Italy Salento shipwreck PUGLIA, ITALY—The remains of an 800-year-old wooden ship have been found in the Porto Cesareo Marine Protected Area, located near the tip of Italy’s “boot.” The shipwreck, which measures nearly 60 feet long, could “explain significant aspects of the coastline in medieval times and contribute to the historical reconstruction of the area,” underwater archaeologist Cristiano Alfonso of Salento University told The Local, Italy. Porto Cesareo was a fishing village during the medieval period. To read more about the archaeology of shipwrecks, go to "Shipwreck Alley."

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