Roman barge to be salvaged in Cologne

Portions of a Roman barge, dating to as early as the 2nd century C.E., will soon be removed from its muddy resting place according to archaeologists. It may well be the "oldest Roman transport vessel left in central Europe."

The 8 square metre piece of the barge's oaken bottom was discovered recently during excavations for a mass transit line in Cologne, Germany. The pieces that are to be recovered will be preserved and restored by 2011.