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In the Netherlands, archaeologists found a very well-preserved military transport ship of the Roman Empire. His age is about 18 centuries. Although archaeologists found earlier and ships relating to the period of the Roman Empire, this one of the few found north of the Alps. The ship was built about 180 years of our era, when Marcus Aurelius passed the throne of Emperor Commodus.

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According to archaeologists, the ship has an unusual shape - it is longer and thinner than other ships of that era, its length is about 23 meters. His equipment has been maintained, but no cargo on board. Nevertheless, the board found numerous items of goods, including chest, equipped with a lock, suggesting that floated on board treasurer, obezzhavshy Roman military camps along the Rhine. The Romans first appeared in this region in the times of Julius Caesar (around 53 BC). In a later date Rhine became foreign countries, which took place on the border of the Roman Empire. This is evidenced found during the excavations in the same area Roman sentry towers and military camps. Material from which builded ship, not of local origin and most likely had been imported from France or Germany.

The ship, apparently during a sailing sank in the Rhine. According to archaeologists, to establish the reasons shipwreck rather difficult. This could be shtrorm or attack enemies. Due to its flat construction of the ship was not very reliable and could easily zatonut. In times of the Roman Empire after the collapse of the Rhine, apparently changed direction, bringing the ship was dawn in a thick layer of mud, clay and sand, and ensure that its well-preserved.

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In Holland found well-preserved ship of the time of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.