During a routine inspection of a frozen seafood shop in Spain the authorities found 13 Roman jars decorating the premises. The thirteen jars (amphoras) are believed to date back to the 1st Century AD, while an 18th Century anchor and a limestone plaque were also found. The local media reported that owner’s son found the objects while fishing. Both the owner and son are being investigated.
The artefacts were moved to the Museum of the Sea in Santa Pola. Here they underwent preliminary dating. The amphoras would have been used to transport oil, wine or fish sauce, and one jar is believed to be particularly rare and valuable. The limestone plaque was inscribed with the word “este”, meaning “east” in Spanish.
Other amphorae have been discovered in the Mediterranean in recent years. Last year, for example, archaeologists discovered a hoard of Roman jars on an ancient shipwreck off the Spanish island of Mallorca.