Ventotene shipwrecks excite world of Roman archaeology

The discovery of the wrecks of five 3rd - 5th century Roman shipwrecks off the coast of the Italian island of Ventotene has excited the world of Roman-era research. "It is like an underwater museum," said one expert.

The wrecks, found by underwater archaeologists in 500 feet of water, were carrying wine, olive oil and fish sauce. Also found were "kitchen tools, and certain metal and glass objects which have not yet been identified." The archaeological team used sonar and robotic devices to aid in their search of the ships.