In Viminacium (present city of Kostolac, in northern Serbia) a few weeks ago the remains of Roman ships and boats were found. Thanks to the employees of a nearby coal mine, the remains were brought to the surface from the bottom of the Danube.
Ships were extracted with cranes. Then, special metal frames were constructed on which fragments of ships were placed and transported for research purposes by train. This approach made it possible to preserve the entire structure of ships whose wood was destroyed after contact with air.
Currently, employees of the Viminacium center are conducting works aimed at creating 3D models of antique boats and ships. At the moment, scientists are not able to assess for one hundred percent the period from which boats come.
The largest ship is 15 meters long and was 7 meters underwater. Like many Roman objects, the discovery was due to the work of miners who extract coal in the area.
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