According to Adnkronos International
, the ship's remains were found by police in a submarine off the shore of Varazze, an Italian coastal town near Genoa.
Since about the 1930s, fishermen in the area have been catching pieces of pottery, which led to police divers, in collaboration with Liguria Archaeological Superintendent's Department, decided to conduct a search beneath the sea. Eventually divers found the boat buried beneath the mud.
"The peculiarity of this is that the wreck could be almost intact," Lt Col Francesco Schilardi of the police divers' group told BBC News
. "We believe it dates to sometime between the 1st Century BC and the 1st Century AD."
It is believed the ship is from Roman times and was a commercial food-transport vessel. Amazingly, the ship is said to be in remarkable condition considering its age. Officials believe the mud helped preserve the ship's remains.
Gazzeta del Sud
reported the ship contained "hundreds of intact amphorae containers", some with food still inside.
Experts say it would be "feasible" to raise the ship, but Italian authorities would be the ones to make the decision of whether or not the ship
will be brought to the surface. Until this determination is made, the area has been secured and no water traffic is allowed in the area.
In 2009, BBC News reported five Roman-era ships
had been found off the island of Ventotene. These were said to also be well-preserved.