The Seabed in Albania Hide Relics from the Distant Past
Albanian Daily News
Published October 24, 2017
Photograph of July 2017 showing several Roman amphorae. Albania has one of the least explored coasts in the world. Photo: Geo Delveroudis / AP Photo / Gtres
Albania, a country in the Adriatic Sea between Montenegro and Greece, has one of the least explored coasts in the world; relics of the distant and distant past are buried in the seabed: amphorae containing oil and wine from Roman ships that went to sea and sunken ships from two world wars with their stories of heroism and betrayal. Albanian authorities are passing legislation to protect the country's underwater heritage.

Off the coast of Saranda, dozens or hundreds of amphorae from North Africa remain sunk since the fourth century AD, which testify to the commercial connections between the Adriatic Sea and the northern coast of Africa. The vessels, still visible, have merged with the sea floor and the remains of the hull of the boat could be buried in the vicinity. On the other hand the ghostly remains of the Italian ship MV Probitas, dating from World War II, are preserved, according to The Associated Press.
"The RPM Nautical Foundation, in cooperation with the Coastal Agency, has so far documented ships from the 3rd or 4th century BC to the First and Second World Wars,"says Derek Smith, who has worked for the RPM Nautical Foundation on the coast Albanian "On the coast of Albania there are some 2,500 or 2,300 years of cultural resources that have not been explored for the most part."

(Source: National Geographic)

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