Art | May 27, 2016 2:30 pm

Divers Discover Trove of Ancient Roman Artifacts Off the Coast of Israel

Roman Shipwreck Artifacts
Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit of Israel's Antiquities Authority, presents to the press artifacts from a merchant ship that sank off the ancient Mediterranean port of Caesarea 1,600 years ago. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Two amateur divers made the discovery of a lifetime off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean. After tipping off Israel’s Antiquities Authority, Marine Archaeology Unit divers brought a trove of bronze statues and gold coins to the surface, all in extremely good condition. The treasures were part of the payload of a merchant ship that sank off the coast of the ancient port of Caesarea, during the Late Roman period, 1,600 years ago. For more on the discovery, click here. Below, take a look at some of the artifacts. That’s Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit of Israel’s Antiquities Authority, showing off a variety of artifacts.

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