Roman Ships Pulled from Mud Just a short distance from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, archaeologists are cautiously retrieving not one but several well-preserved ships built by the Romans. On December 18, they succeeded in pulling free a vessel that is believed to be the only warship among the twenty believed to lie in the deep mud under what used to be a river bed. The warship is said to be "the best preserved ship of antiquity ever found."

The ships were discovered in 1998, and so far only two have been recovered, though the work continues. One researcher refers to this find as "an encyclopedia of ancient navigation".