Submerged island and sunken galley may hold clues to Venetian dominance

Italian archaeologists are undertaking a project to raise an entire island which has been submerged in the lagoon of Venice since the 16th century. Among the artifacts they hope to recover is a remarkably preserved 13th century wooden galley.

Experts hope that study of the galley will help historians understand Venice's dominance of the Mediterranean. Venetians were renowned for their ship-building skills.