Diver unexpectedly discovers Roman-era shipwreck carrying beautiful marble columns off Israel’s coast

A diver swimming within the Mediterranean Sea just lately occurred upon an 1,800-year-old shipwreck off the northwestern coast of Israel.

Though archaeologists knew concerning the wreck, they did not know its “precise whereabouts because it was lined by sand,” Koby Sharvit (opens in new tab), director of the underwater archaeology unit on the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), mentioned in an announcement launched Monday (Might 15). It is possible that current storms helped expose the cargo, he added.