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Sport Divers Discover 4th Century Treasures

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The Aswan dam has changed the nature of the Nile Delta, and far less sediment now gets deposited into the Mediterranean. Each time there is a storm, the existing sediment, including that along the coast of Israel, gets moved, often revealing archaeological finds.

During April, by pure chance, two Israeli sport divers discovered a 1,600-year-old shipwreck off the coast near Caesarea, leading to a salvage operation that has uncovered of one of the largest caches of valuable artifacts ever found. Among the treasures were a bronze lamp, a figurine of the moon goddess, Luna, a lamp in the image of the head of an African slave, a bronze faucet in the form of a wild boar and two lumps weighing around 45 pounds composed of thousands of coins that had retained the shape of the pottery vessel in which they had been transported. Some coins bear the image of the Roman emperor, Constantine, who ruled the Western Roman Empire during the 4th Century AD....

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