By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 27 of the April, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © April, 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved

Ancient artifacts

In 1971, while pleasure diving in the Bay of Castine, 50 miles northeast of Mohegan Island, Norman Bakeman discovered two strangely-shaped ceramic jars in the mud at a depth of about 40 feet. The jugs made the round of the usual experts, none of whom could identify them, and for a time they were on display at the University of Maine.

James Whittall and Malcolm Pearson of the Early Site Research Society heard about the jugs and traveled to Maine to examine them. Whittall's report stated that identical ceramic amphorae found off the coast of Portugal in the 19th century had been classified by a Portuguese archaeologist as dating to the 1st century.

B.C. Whittall further stated that both the volume of the Maine amphorae, which was identical to the standard Roman sextarius, and the composition of the clay was consistent with such a finding. An identical amphorae was discovered in Jonesboro about 66 miles north of Castine on the Maine coast several years later.

Prior to these discoveries, only 14 such ceramic jugs were known to exist. All of these had been found along the Iberian coast and dated back to early Roman times.

Archaeologists generally ignore any evidence that doesn't fit prevailing theories, but from the treasure hunter's point of view it might be interesting to see if metallic objects from the 1st century B.C. have washed ashore in the vicinity of Jonesboro.