Scientists found ruins of an ancient Roman port in the waters of Syrian Tartus
An unknown to science port presumably of the Roman period was found north of Tartus during the second field season of the Russian-Syrian archaeological mission, which was attended by scientists from Sevastopol State University.
ancient Roman port on Arwad Island
Dmitry Tatarkov, director of the Institute of Social Sciences and International Relations, said. “It may not even be a port, but a sea fortress of the first century AD. Remains of hydraulic engineering structures, a lighthouse, and four marble columns were found. The accompanying ceramic material will allow to date the object in more detail. This is a major find, previously unknown to historical science”, – said Tatarkov.
Scientists examined the seabed visually and with the help of guided submersibles. In addition to the port were found three previously unknown anchorages of ancient times, as well as the remnants of ancient hydraulic structures: breakwaters, wharf walls. The recovered ceramic material is now being processed at the Department of Antiquities of Tartus.
“These are the remains of ancient Greek amphorae, Phoenician vessels, Egyptian vases, and Roman stone household items. This material will allow us to reconstruct maritime trade routes linking this area with the greater Mediterranean. We will be able to determine the life cycle of the ports that existed then,” Tatarkov said.