The waters off the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus have proved rich for archaeological investigation in recent years. AFP/Lakovos Hatzistavrou
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Cyprus has found its first undisturbed Roman shipwreck, complete with ancient cargo, off its southern coast, the antiquities department said Thursday, noting the discovery could illuminate regional trading history.A wreck dating back to late in the ancient Greek era, which sank off Mazotos on Cyprus' south coast in the middle of the fourth century B.C., is thought to be one of the region's best-preserved troves.In December last year, the antiquities department said archaeologists working on that wreck had gained intricate insights into the evolution of ancient boat-building technology in the Mediterranean.
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