The remains of a 1,600-year-old shipwreck were recently discovered by two divers off Israel’s harbor of Caesarea. Considered the biggest find in the past 30 years, the treasure trove included rare bronze figures and thousands of coins.
The artifacts, which were in an extraordinary state of preservation, included a bronze lamp depicting the image of the Roman sun god Sol, a figurine of the moon goddess Luna, a lamp in the image of the head of an African slave, fragments of three life-size bronze cast statues, objects fashioned in the shape of animals such as a whale, a bronze faucet in the form of a wild boar with a swan on its head, and more.
The archaeologists also found fragments of large jars that were used for carrying drinking water for the crew in the ship and for transportation at sea.
A highly unique find was also discovered among the items - two metallic lumps composed of thousands of coins weighing around 20 kilograms (over 44 pounds). The lumps of coins were in the shape of the pottery vessels they were transported in.