According to experts, the aligned blocks found off San Pietro in Bevagna could actually be those that were an ancient pier, then covered by water over the millennia.
“Only a few days ago – the President of Fondo Antidiossina Taranto, Fabio Matacchiera, begins – I have launched a brief news about the discovery of an alleged ancient pier, perhaps due to the Roman period, off San Pietro in Bevagna, in Taranto. The elements that I had collected with the dives in those waters, probably were not enough, also because – explains Matacchiera – I had not yet heard the opinion of several expert archaeologists. However, despite the uncertainty that the discovery could have a value in the archaeological field, I proceeded to immediately inform Puglia Archaeological Superintendence based in Lecce, sending photos and information through certified mail.
These days, in addition to having acquired other details with the use of a drone – Matacchiera tends to underline – << I am a professional pilot recognized by Enac, also for "operations in critical scenarios >> that allowed me to acquire photos and important videos, I was able to contact numerous archaeologists and professors to whom I submitted the collected material. None of them was aware of the existence of this massive submerged structure off San Pietro in Bevagna and everyone told me of a discovery that could prove to be very important. A former archaeologist with recognized experience in the city of Taranto – he continues – consulted with other colleagues, advances the hypothesis of a pier of the Hellenistic period with important dimensions. Giuliano Volpe, archaeologist and academician and professor of archeology at the Department of Humanistic Studies of the University of Foggia, told me that he will organize, in the next days, an expedition, with his researchers, to shed light on the discovery of San Pietro in Bevagna. The first word he wrote to me when he saw the aerial and underwater photos I sent him was: “impressive” “.
The Professor Matacchiera continues in his story and states the following: “I also contacted Rita Auriemma, professor and researcher at the Faculty of Cultural Heritage of the University of Lecce, she also intended to make an inspection after have received my report. Prof. Mario Lazzarini, a well-known underwater archaeologist, talks about a work that could resemble a pier, presumably from the Roman era. I also asked Prof. Andrea Belluscio, professor at the Department of Environmental Biology at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. I asked if he had ever seen such structures in nature, lying on the sea floor, during his countless research in the seas of the world, but he also said he had never seen anything of the kind of natural.
In short, even if my discovery is still to be verified, it is certain that it is arousing much interest among scholars. Moreover, the fact that the work is located at a distance of several hundred meters from the coast should not extinguish the enthusiasm of those who, like me, want to believe that actually there is an important piece of ancient history of our region. Indeed, it is known with certainty, as reported by the scientific literature, that the coastline has had considerable variations over the centuries, both from the morphological and orographic point of view, with advances and retreats of several hundred meters. All this – Matacchiera comments – would make more plausible the possibility that the work, once upon a time, could have emerged, also considering the oscillations in sea level over the millennia “.
Some details of the imposing work. Length and width of the alleged pier
Analyzing the photos and videos produced by Fabio Matacchiera, you can guess that the alleged pier must have had a length of about 240 meters, a very important measure, considering that other similar works, found in the Mediterranean, usually did not exceed 150 – 180 meters. The width, on the other hand, had to be around 20 meters.
Size of the blocks
The sides of the blocks vary from 1 meter to 4 meters. They have almost parallelepipedal shape with rounded edges or they have a fairly irregular shape, however they are, they are in good part well assembled and lined up among them, separated by a gap of 15 – 30 centimeters
Depth 7 meters
Distance from the coast
The work is exactly parallel to the coast line, it is located offshore at a distance of several hundred meters – concludes Prof. Fabio Matacchiera.