shipwreck treasure shipwreck treasure The ship likely ran into a storm at the harbor entrance and smashed into the seawall. (Photo: Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images)

Divers discover 1,600-year-old shipwreck treasure

The booty features statues, coins, lamps and pottery.

Pirates aren't the only lucky folk who get to dig up treasure chests. Israeli divers just uncovered a spectacular, 1,600-year-old treasure trove in Israel's Caesarea, an ancient Mediterranean port. The merchant shipwreck was full of a variety of treasures, including bronze statues and Scrooge McDuck-level quantities of coins.

"These are extremely exciting finds, which apart from their extraordinary beauty, are of historical significance," said Jacob Sharvit of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

metal statuesAncient metal statues are rare finds because people in antiquity tended to melt them down and reuse the metal. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Sand protected the statues, preserving them for thousands of years.Sand protected the statues for thousands of years. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

statues treasureThese artifacts were on their way to be recycled before their ship got into an accident. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

treasure chestTwo divers, Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra‘anan, happened to come across these remains. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

CaesariaObjects found include bronze lamps, figurines, life-size bronze statues, animal-shaped items, faucets, coins, pottery and jars. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Images of Roman emperors were engraved on the coins.Images of Roman emperors were engraved on the coins. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)


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Divers discover 1,600-year-old shipwreck treasure
An ancient shipwreck treasure was discovered off the coast of Caesarea, Israel.