Roman Shipwreck Discovered in the Netherlands

Dutch archaeologists have unearthed a Roman military transport ship from the mud along the banks of the Rhine River in the Netherlands. A nearly intact Roman transport vessel has been discovered along the Rhine River near De Meern, Netherlands. The 2nd century ship is a flat-bottomed craft, 75 feet long, complete with masthead and iron nails. The ship is thought to have been a transport vessel of the type used to supply military camps along the river.

Artifacts discovered with the ship include a decorated chest, with lock and key, a bed ot couch, a wooden stool, shoe soles, tools, pottery a paddle and a perfectly preserved iron crowbar. The ship was preserved in layers of clay and mud which kept the ship from detereorating.

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