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Based on the cargo, scientists believe the ship was sailing from Sicily to Malta to sell its cargo when it sank.The Phoenician civilization, which lasted from 1550 BC to 300 BC, was based in present-day Tyre in Lebanon.The rescued antiquities include tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear that would have belonged to a life-sized warrior statue.During investigations between September 15 and October 7, 2014, researchers created a high-resolution 3D map of the site.

Their investigation proved that remnants of the ships luxury cargo has survived for millennia on the sea floor as new treasures have been retrieved from the depths.

They travelled across most of the Mediterranean, not as conquerors but as traders.

The strategic location of the Malta in the Mediterranean made the islands a safe refuge for the Phoenicians during their long sea voyages.

Divers then recovered a series of finds which prove that much of the ship’s cargo is indeed still preserved beneath the sediment.

“Components of the ship, including multiple lead anchors over a metre long and a bronze rigging ring with fragments of wood still attached, prove that much of the ship survives,” said the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in a media release.