Underwater archaeologists are currently in the process of retrieving artifacts which were lost in a battle that was fought between Rome and Carthage 2,200 years ago on March 10, 241 B.C., and with the recovery of these artifacts, archaeologists and historians are learning more about how this ancient battle may have once been fought.
As Live Science reports, archaeologists believe that Carthage warriors may have taken captured Roman warships and then reused these themselves, with Carthaginian sailors desperately tossing as much cargo as they could overboard to lighten the load and help them to escape from the Romans more quickly.
The battle that was fought between Rome and Carthage in 241 B.C. took place very close to the Aegates Islands, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea near Sicily. In this battle, Rome emerged victorious after its navy captured a Carthaginian fleet that was attempting to bring desperately needed supplies to its armies that were in Sicily at the time.
After the Roman military destroyed a large number of the Carthaginian fleet, Carthage finally admitted defeat and a truce was declared between Carthage and Rome, with Rome the very large winner in regard to the truce's terms.
Underwater archaeologists have spent close to a decade now investigating this battle and have so far retrieved pottery containers, bronze rams, and metal helmets, with last year's excavations alone yielding six new rams.