Roman ship full of fish sauce found off Italian coast

An ancient Roman shipwreck dating from the first or second century AD has been found off the coast of Alassio, in Italy’s northeastern Liguria region, laden with over 3000 jars of fish sauce.

Off the coast of Alassio.

Off the coast of Alassio. Image by Martina Rathgens / CC BY 2.0

The nutritious sauce, called garum, was made by fermenting fish intestines in salt and was extremely popular across the Roman empire. Despite the fact that the sauce itself has long since seeped away, archaeologists have been able to determine the ship’s cargo from the distinctive kind of amphorae (clay jars) that it was carrying when it sank.

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