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Treasures found off the coast of Italy

August 25, 2012

A diver holds a bronze sculpture of a lion on a square panel found off the coast of Calabria.

There have several news reports about this find, but The Art Newspaper appears to have the first images of artifacts found off the coast of Calabria, Italy:

Three divers have discovered ancient bronze artefacts, believed to be Greek or Phoenician, off the coast of Calabria, in southern Italy. The finds include two statues and the remains of an ancient ship. The site is around 50km south of the spot where the Riace Bronzes [below] were discovered 40 years ago, in 1972.

The divers have told the Italian press that they have seen many more treasures lying on the seabed. A team of police divers from Messina have secured an area with a 500m radius.

The three divers found a gilded bronze sculpture of a lion on a bronze square panel measuring 15cm by 15cm. They also discovered what they initially thought was a bronze set of armour, but which is now believed to be a statue, lodged between some rocks on the seafloor, around 300m from the lion.

The Riace Bronzes were discovered exactly 40 years ago 50km away.

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