Divers discovered a more than 2,000-year-old wreck off the island of Pag
Vedran Dorušić, President of the Diving Tourism Organization of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, discovered the wreck during a diving expedition with tourists near the island of Pag.
It is believed that the Roman ship originates from the beginning of the 1st century BC. Chr. The wreck lies completely on the side seabed and slowly falls apart. There were an estimated 600 amphorae on board. "So far we have found almost everything possible in our seas, but we could only dream of such a finding," says Dorušić in an euphoric mode.
It is believed that ship in the bay of Simuni on Pag had sought protection from a storm. Hints found on the bottom of the sea indicated that there used to be a harbor here.
The ship, together with the large number of amphoras, will probably become a major new attraction for diving tourism, which is experiencing steady growth with around 180 dive centers in Croatia.
According to Croatian media, this latest archaeological find in Croatian waters, in cooperation with Dive Centers, has led the Ministry of Culture to protect the site through video surveillance and other measures, and to develop new ways of promoting tourism.