This is the moment a Civil Guard diver clears away seagrass from a Roman anchor believed to be around 2,000 years old found on the seabed off the coast of Majorca.
According to local media, the Civil Guard’s Group of Underwater Activities (GEAS) team only discovered the Roman artefact by chance while taking part in underwater exercises just north of Majorca in the eastern Spanish region of the Balearic Islands.
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The authorities have confirmed that the discovered item is an intact Roman anchor believed to have been used between 50 BC and 50 AD.
According to the Balearic Institute of Maritime Archaeology Studies, the area where the object was found used to be a common anchoring spot for Roman vessels.
The ancient anchor was discovered at a depth of 25 metres (82 feet) and was obscured by the seagrass Posidonia oceanica, commonly known as Neptune grass.
In the video, a GEAS diver can be seen swimming down to the ocean floor where the anchor can be seen amid the seagrass.
It was an admiralty anchor and is believed to have been broken off or abandoned by Roman sailors of the time.
Such finds usually take place when fishermen or water sports enthusiasts happen across them by chance.
In this case, GEAS divers discovered the artefact while carrying out exercises off the coast.
Tests on the anchor are currently ongoing.
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