Wooden fragment, from Caligula's Galley

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Italy
Italy
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Description
Small lightweight, eroded wooden fragment, square in shape, with areas of surface erosion, from the ship Caligula's Galley, Rome.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
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Measurements
L72mm x W49mm x D20 mm
Media/Materials description
Wooden fragment - timber (?cedarwood)
History and use
Emperor Caligula ordered two large ships be built on Lake Nemi. One was a temple to the Goddess Diana, the other was a richly decorated floating palace. These ships sank, perhaps after becomming waterlogged, or they may have been intentionally destroyed by a later Emperor to obliterate Caligula's legacy. This spike and piece of wood were souvineered from one of the ships in the 1930's.
Registration number
H41.2

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