Mac & Mike's Pick: When in Rome

By WEEK Reporter

September 30, 2010 Updated Sep 30, 2010 at 10:55 PM CDT

WHEN IN ROME OR IN THIS CASE WHEN THEY WEREN'T.

A ROMAN SHIPWRECK WAS DISCOVERED OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHERN FRANCE MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO.

IIN TRUE BUREAUCRATIC FASHION; IT TOOK FRANCE'S MINISTER OF CULTURE ABOUT A DECADE TO SIGN OFF ON EXCAVATING THE SITE.

BUT SINCE THEN DIVE TEAMS HAVE BEEN TAKING ABOUT 50 TRIPS A YEAR TO THE SITE.

ACCORDING TO ARCHAEOLOGISTS THE SHIP WAS A LARGE ROMAN COMMERCIAL VESSEL DOING THE MEDITERRANEAN ROUTES.

AND IT APPEARS IT SOME RESPECTS NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

THEY'VE FOUND 13 TYPES OF STORAGE JARS. PROBABLY USED TO CARRY GOOD ROMAN OLIVE OIL AND WINE.

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