Sydney’s Corner: Roman Artifacts in the Rhone River
In Arles there is a river called the Rhone River. Arles was home to the Romans. They used the Rhone River to deliver stuff. Archeologists have found MANY stuff in the Rhone River such as a boat, pottery, and statues. Do you know what an archeologist does? An archeologist looks for ancient stuff. So far archeologist have found only 10 Roman boats. The newest one was found in 2004 in the Rhone River. The newest boat is the best one they have found. It has been under water for 2000 years. They think that it sunk because it got flooded. The boat is 100 feet long and weighs 80,000 pounds. The boat was a cargo boat. They had to cut the boat in pieces because it weighed too much bring it to the surface. They cut the boat into 10 pieces. There is a video were you can learn about this (see below.) The boat will be preserved in the Arles Museum of Antiquities starting October 15, 2013.
Archeologist found lots of Roman stuff next to the boat. They found rings, coins, lots of pottery, amphora, and statues. An amphora is great big vase that is filled with wine or food. They also found a statue bust of Julius Caesar. Caesar is one of the guys who ruled Rome. The Romans spoke Latin so if you find roman stuff the writing will be in Latin. The Romans also made little clay models. In the video there was a clay model of a cat. I like the clay model of the cat sitting on the chair best because I think the cat looks like the goddess Bast.
When I grow up I want to be an Archeologist who dives. I would also like to write about archeology. It sounds like fun because I like the diving. I like swimming and discovering things.
Now you know everything about the boat found in the Rhone River.