Vlorë, 23 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
A Roman shipwreck containing wine jars was found off the coast of Albania by an American-Albanian archaeological mission in August.
The wreck, dating back to the first century B.C. was discovered by the team’s submarine. The 300 wine jars were, alas, all empty, since the corks were gone. Its cargo is believed to have been the produce of southern Albanian vineyards en route to western European countries, including France. The 30-metre long wreck was found 50 metres deep near the port city of Vlorë, 140 kilometres south-west of the capital, Tirana.
Team members retrieved an amphora for examination, before restoring it to the wreck. The site, whose precise location is being kept secret, will be left unexplored until the Albanian archaeological service is in a position to do so. The month-long mission ended last week and will be resumed next year. It aims to eventually cover the whole Albanian coastline.