Divers Stumble Upon 1,600-Year-Old Rare Roman Artifacts

Diving is a fun activity that lets you explore the magical world that’s hidden beneath the waves. However, the best thing about diving is that you never know what you might stumble upon during your adventures. With that said, today we are going to show you the story of two divers who discovered a 1,600 years old Roman treasure while they were having fun on a Sunday afternoon.

20. Ran Feinstein and Ofer Raanan

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Ran Feinstein and Ofer Raanan are two good friends who spend most of their free days diving together in the port of Caesarea in the Israeli coast. Their amazing story started on a regular Sunday afternoon when they decided to dive at the bottom of the coast.

19. Amazing Discovery

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The two divers put on their suits and jumped in the water. Little did they know, they were about to make one of the most amazing underwater discoveries that have been made on the Israeli coast. The next picture will leave you in awe!

18. Roman Statue

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As the two divers were having fun swimming around, one of them noticed a strange statue sitting on the bottom. How did this statue end up there?

17. A Closer Look

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This should come as no surprise, but the two divers started looking around for more artifacts after they found the statue. They started thinking that maybe an old Roman ship crashed here. To their surprise, they were right!

16. Old Coins

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One of the divers started digging and he found a bunch of ancient coins. He couldn’t believe his eyes and signaled his friend to come closer. They were both in shock, but what they found next made their jaws drop!

15. Roman God

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The two best friends got lucky and they found another Roman statue. This time the statue was of an ancient God and this is when the divers knew that they had to call the specialists from the museum.

14. Giant Anchor

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Everything made sense to the divers when they spotted this giant anchor. The anchor confirms shows that a Roman cargo ship did sink in these waters and that they are the first ones to find it.

13. The Coins

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After the divers played with the coins for a little bit, they decided that it was time to call the museum. Good thing they did, because these coins are really old. Can you guess how old they are?

12. Ancient Roman Items

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The museum specialists told the divers that what they had found was more than 1,600 years old. Can you believe this? The next picture shows you how the coins look out of the water.

11. Clear Picture

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As you can see in the picture featured above, these coins are stuck together. This is what happens when they stay underwater for more than 1,600 years. Try to guess how much these coins weigh.

10. Indiana Jones

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The coins weigh in at 40 pounds! The divers were in shock by what they just found and this made them feel just like Indiana Jones.

9. Unusual Discovery

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The divers say that the most unusual thing about their discovery is that this is not the first time that they dive around that area. In fact, they have been diving around here for years and this is the first time that they spotted the statues.

8. Roman Gods

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These two statues represent two Roman Gods and the museum specialists announced that they will be put up for displays. This is not something that you see every day and the specialists are thankful that the divers called them first.

7. Measuring Everything

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The museum has sent their own team of divers in order to measure everything, including the massive anchor. The expert divers are trying to figure out just how big was the Roman cargo ship that sunk here.

6. Old Statues

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Everything that the divers found is more than 1,600 old and the crazy thing about this is that the divers were just trying to have fun. They had no idea what they would find hidden beneath the waves when they put on their suits.

5. Roman History

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The statues and the gold coins that the divers found will historians get more knowledge about the fantastic Roman History. Nonetheless, doesn’t this story make you want to take up diving as a hobby?

4. Precious Artifacts

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These artifacts are precious and the divers could’ve made a fortune by selling them on the black market. Luckily, they decided to do the right thing instead and called the authorities.

3. Good Guys

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We think it’s safe to say that Ran Feinstein and Ofer Raanan are good guys. The reason why we are saying this is because they didn’t think about selling the artifacts to the highest bidder, not even once.

2. Finding More Artifacts

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The two divers said that now that they found these ancient Roman statues, they want to keep exploring the underwater world in hopes of finding more old items.

1. Julius Caesar 

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This mask shows us the face of Julius Caesar which confirms the date of the statues. Nonetheless, this is an awesome discovery, don’t you think so?

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