Shipwreck off el-Alamein

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a ship that sank in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 650 metres off the coast of el-Alamein. Dating to the 3rd century BC, the ship was carrying a cargo of wine amphorae imported from Rhodes. The team, from the Central Department of Sunken Antiquities of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, believes the ship collided with a raised mound on the seabed. Wooden remains from the ship and hundreds of pieces of pottery were found lying on this mound, beside the amphorae.

Amphorae lying on a mound on the seabed nearby.
A member of the Egyptian Sunken Antiquities team investigates the wine amphorae from a shipwreck off the coast of el-Alamein, dating to the 3rd century BC.
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