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Once they dug beneath the layers of sand, the divers uncovered many more artifacts located just under the sea floor.
Among the artifacts they brought to the surface were a bronze lamp depicting the sun god Sol and a bronze figurine of the moon goddess Luna, both Roman deities; a bronze lamp formed in the image of the head of an African slave; fragments of three life-size bronze cast statues and a bronze faucet in the shape of a wild boar with a swan on its head.
While most treasure hunters have ended up empty handed, a recent revelation points to an incredible, and possibly history-changing, finding.
A shipwreck, believed to be Roman, was found off Oak Island, and within the wreck a well-preserved Roman ceremonial sword was retrieved.
“Because these statues were wrecked together with the ship, they sank in the water and were thus ‘saved’ from the recycling process.” In addition, he says, “The sand protected the statues; consequently they are in an amazing state of preservation – as though they were cast yesterday rather than 1,600 years ago.” The wrecked ship and its cargo date to a period just before Christianity became the formal religion of the Roman Empire.
Weighing in at some 20 kilograms (or 44 pounds), the two lumps of coins were shaped in the form of the pottery vessels in which they were transported.
The artifacts recovered from the ancient Roman ship constitute the most significant marine archaeological find in Israel in the past 30 years, according to IAA officials.
Numerous searches of the pit continued over the next two centuries, but they have been continually plagued with difficulties including collapses and flooding within the pit.
The entire island has been searched for treasure, and is continued today by Marty and Rick Lagina, as chronicled on .
Recreational divers Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra'anan were exploring the waters of the Mediterranean Sea near the ancient port of Caesarea last month when they stumbled on the wreck of an ancient Roman merchant ship.