This ancient shipwreck is so well preserved it still has food on board!
It's amazing how quickly the leftovers in the back of your fridge turn into a rotting, smelly pile of something that used to be edible.
Generally, it's hard to even tell what it used to be! If this struggle is all too real to you, it will blow your mind to know that an ancient Roman merchant vessel was found off the coast of Italy with food that is still intact!
In 2012, divers discovered the ship that was still in really good condition, enough so that a lot of the food on board is probably still sealed in their storage jars. The first people to become aware of the wreck under the waves was local fishermen who started to notice pottery in their nets. Police divers quickly brought out a remotely operated vehicle to check out the 2,000-year-old ship.
Preliminary tests show that some of the food on board is pickled fish, grain, wine, and oil which were likely headed for Spain when the ship sunk. It remained in such good condition in thanks to the layers of mud on the seabed that protected it from harm.
Though there are no plans to raise the ship, the area has been secured, prohibiting shipping and water traffic.