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Scientists Find 900-Year-Old Wine

September 22, 2000

TRAPANI, Sicily (AP) _ If wine gets better with age, this may be the best in the world. On the other hand, after 900 years, it may not even be wine anymore.

On Friday, Italian scientists uncorked a 900-year-old wine amphora recovered last week from a shipwreck in the Tyrrhenian Sea. They won’t know until tests results are complete exactly what to call the liquid they found inside.

``What’s surprising is that the cork seems to have sealed the amphora, leaving its contents apparently intact,″ said Marcello Rocca, the director of IAS, the diving institute searching the wreck.

Scientists think the wine in the 3-quart terra-cotta jar was a red wine, produced either in Africa or Sicily. Rocca said there are no holes in the cork, but seawater may have gotten inside the terra cotta.

The amphora is the latest in a series of artifacts recovered from the ship since its 1992 discovery off the coast of Sicily, about 16 miles north of Trapani.

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