topmenu
Reenactors groups
Roman
Roman Enemies
Other Organizations

Suppliers
Armors
Helmets
Swords
Shields
Other

RomanHideout Documents and various
News Archive
Reviews
Visual Armamentarium
POI download
Metal Detecting
RH Awards
WWII Archive
Search

Documents
Publications
Archives
How to...
Books

Roman sites
Miscellaneous

Archelogical sites

Other sites
Various
Forums
News
Events
Roman Movies
Games

Contact Us
Who We Are
Link to Us
Advertising
Privacy

Get the live news feed

Get RSS news feed
Get RSS news feed

 

 

Another roman rostrum found in Sicily (Italy)
july 15th, 2008

Questa notizia in italiano

Another roman rostrum found has been recovered by the Italian Sea Heritage (Soprintendenza del Mare) and by RPM Nautical Foudation on june 26th, 2008, after three years of researches in the Egades Sea.
"This is currently the fifth discovered rostrum in the world" - says Sebastiano Tusa, the head of the Sea Heritage, that together with the archeologist Jeffrey Royal of the RPM notes how much this latest one is similar to the previous recovered in 2007 and exposed at the Pepoli Museum in Trapani. Sicily is now the only region in the world to own two rams.

Thanks to the efforts by RPM and the Sea Heritage, particularly of Stefano Zangara, Alessandro Urbano, Daniele Valenti and Salvatore Palazzolo, we got this very important historical discovery. This event, in fact, confirms the Tusa's thesis about the battle between the roman and the cartaginian fleet on march 10th, 241 BC that locates the battle north-west of Levanzo.

The rostrum is a single cast of bronze that was affixed to the prow of the ships. This was used to batter the sides of the enemy vessels in order to open holes and make it to drop in the water.
The recovering operations at 70 meters below the sea surface were made by RPM with a R.O.V. (Remotely Operated Vehicles), and also with the help of the Guardia di Finanza and Stefano Vinciguerra, Giuseppe Mutolo and Giammichele Iaria.


Images of the discovery and the RPM staff
Fonte: Regione Siciliana - Soprintendenza del Mare

Related News
Archeologists on trail of Punic Wars warships (august, 2005)

 

2000-2008 LMB   -  Last Update: 19-lug-2008