Underwater Treasures Unveiled

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Underwater Treasures Unveiled

Until 19 September 2010 Arles. After 20 years of archaeological digs, led by Luc Long, in the Rhone River, treasures have been unveiled at the Musée d’Arles Antique. www.arles-antique.cg13.fr

The exposition includes the now famous marble life-sized bust of Julius Caesar who founded Arles. According to experts the bust, which is of remarkable beauty, dates from 46 BC. Other underwater finds include the large oval two-handled storage jars which are tapered at the base and known as amphora. These jars were used chiefly for storing and shipping, olive oil, wine and a fish based condiment called "garum". The size and shape seem to vary from one Roman region to the next. They are examples of fine workmanship and ingenuity.