Some of the most remarkable lost artefacts from the ancient world were the titanic wrecks of the Nemi ships.
In their 1st century heyday they held gardens, palaces & baths in a floating wonderland. But barely a decade after their recovery, they were lost forever. pic.twitter.com/MQjcSz20Zl
For centuries, the fishermen who sailed in the placid waters of Lake Nemi, 30km south of Rome, knew a secret.
It was said that the rotting timbers of a gigantic ancient wreck lurked below the water's quiet surface.
(📷 Kleuske; Google) pic.twitter.com/VtynfJBOUw
But the lake was tiny, with an area only 1.6km².
And with no other body of water connected to it, what would a vessel of that size be doing there?
(🖌️Lake Nemi, George Inness, 1872) pic.twitter.com/4LiQLV6xE6