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EXHIBITION ABOUT WRECKED SHIP BOU FERRER TO BE HELD IN ORIHUELA

The exhibition ‘Wrecked Ship Bou Ferrer. An extraordinary site’ will be organised by the Office of the Vice-President for Culture, Sports and Language Policies, the Directorate General for Culture of the Regional Government of Valencia’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and Villajoyosa town council, through Vilamuseu museum. It will be shown at Orihuela University Venue from 4 December to 8 January.

Bou Ferrer is the biggest Roman ship currently excavated in the Mediterranean Sea as well as one of the biggest in the Early Roman Empire - she is 27-30 m in length, 8 m in beam and 4 m in depth. She transported between 160 and 215 tonnes of amphoras full of sauces used in fish dishes, and also a cargo of lead ingots from Sierra Morena. Antoine Ferrer and José Bou reported the discovery to Vilamuseu in 1999. The Valencian Regional Government immediately protected the site in order to avoid looting. This big ship transported around 3,000 Dressel 7-11 amphoras that had been made in the Cadiz area.

The main aim of this exhibition is also to contribute to training in different university subjects (from Marine Science to Geology, Biology or Latin Philology), some of them cross-sectional, like Archaeology and, more specifically, Underwater Archaeology. This one has enriched our history and extended scientific and touristic means while giving priority to the conservation and protection of archaeological sites.





A pilot experience in Spain started in 2013: sport divers make guided tours to the wrecked ship in order to raise awareness on our submerged heritage and to explore its possibilities within the “tourism of experiences”, a new and important tourist trend,

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