Why do not we understand what the preservatives have been used?
One of the best preserved shipwrecks ever found has been discovered off the Italian coast.
The ship, which was spotted in the sea off the town on Varazze in the province of Liguria, is thought to be a Roman-era commercial vessel.
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The ship was found to be carrying over 200 pots containing food.
Garum was a popular staple of menus for wealthly Romans, made from fermented fish and served as a side dish to meals.
It was created by placing fatty fish such as sardines along with fish guts and blood into a large container with herbs and layers of salt.
The container was then left in the sun for several days, before being mixed ever day for around 20 days, until it became a liquid.
Other foodstuffs found in the pots include wine, oil and grain.
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