In recent years, underwater archaeology near the Egadi Islands west of
has yielded several ships’ rams. The counter stood at eleven pieces, of which
one was Carthaginian (see: Sicily
and the Sea, temporary exhibition in Amsterdam). This year, two
more battering rams simply named Egadi 12 and Egadi 13 have been recovered from
the sea bottom. Sicily
Like the previous ones, these ship’s rams belong to the Punic Wars opposing
Rome and during
the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. One of the newly recovered
rams carries an antique Punic inscription, which may confirm that it belonged
to a Carthaginian ship. Carthage
Beside these wonderful and unique rams, ten bronze helmets of the Montefortino type have also been recovered. One of these helmets is decorated with a lion skin motif surrounding the central knob. Interestingly, the one Carthaginian ships’ ram that was presented at the exhibition Sicily and the Sea mentioned above was decorated with a Montefortino helmet.
These results are quite promising for next year’s excavation season!
[The top picture is from La Reppublica Palermo presenting a slideshow of most of the finds]