DISCOVERED OFF SICILY
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[ August 16th 2005 ]
two years of extensive underwater searches around
a series of islands that lay west of Sicily in
the Mediterranean Sea, Italian archaeologists
believe they have uncovered a fleet of ships thought
sunk in the battle of the Aegates Islands more
than 2,000 years ago, Reuters
project has an enormous historical value, but
perhaps more important is the relevance for archaeology,"
Sebastiano Tusa, Sicily's chief of marine culture,
told Reuters on Friday. "What we find will help
us understand how wars were waged at that time
and how battleships were built."
of the Aegates Islands was the final naval battle
between the fleets of Carthage and the Roman Republic
during the First Punic War and marked a turning
point for the two powers. Carthage went into decline
after its defeat, reports Reuters.