Ingots of orichalcum, Corinthian helmets and amphorae found off the coast of Sicily
47 ingots of orichalcum, two Corinthian helmets, archaic amphorae and a Massaliote round-bottom flask (ie., from the ancient Greek colony of Marseilles in France), have been recovered off the coast of Bulala, near the ancient Greek colony of Gela, in southern Sicily.
The presence of wooden planking on the seabed near the bullion suggests these were part of the cargo carried by a ship arriving in Gela which was shipwrecked only a few metres from the coast.
Their discovery demonstrates the wealth of Gela in antiquity and the presence of rich and specialized craft workshops for the production of objects of great value.
Source: Corriere del Mezzogiorno [February 10, 2017]