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Vernole, in mare spunta galeone con cinque cannoni

Vernole, in mare spunta galeone con cinque cannoni

Un galeone con cinque cannoni. No, non siamo ai tempi dei pirati, ma è quello che è stato ritrovato al largo di Acaya, nel mare di Vernole. La scoperta è stata fatta da alcuni turisti che, mentre esploravano i fondali, hanno intravisto delle sagome che sembravano antichi pezzi di artiglieria. Sono intervenuti la Capitaneria di porto di Otranto e quella di San Cataldo, che hanno avviato una prima verifica. Allertata anche la Soprintendenza archeologica di Taranto, che ha chiesto l’intervento di sommozzatori di San Benedetto del Tronto, che hanno verificato come sul fondale del mare di Vernole giacciano cinque, forse sei, cannoni e altri manufatti da mettere in relazione col vascello che fece naufragio sulla costa vernolese negli anni tra il 1600 e il 1700. Si crede si tratti di un relitto che, insabbiato per secoli, è ora riemerso dalla sabbia e dalle alghe, forse a seguito di forti correnti marine. Trovano così riscontro vari racconti che si tramandano di generazione in generazione, e che narrano di naufragi e di sbarchi, di incursioni e di terrore, di accoglienza e di solidarietà, di tesori serrati in forzieri, lasciati in custodia e mai ritirati e che hanno fatto la fortuna di alcuni. Leggende che sembravano fantastiche storie di scorribande e pirati, ma che ora appaiono sempre più vere e reali. “Faremo di tutto – spiega il sindaco Mario Mangione – per recuperare e custodire gli antichi cannoni appena ritrovati, perché anch’essi costituiscono memoria tangibile della storia del nostro territorio, il più prossimo all’altra sponda dell’Adriatico, e per questo da sempre esposto a contatto diretto con altre genti e altre culture e segnato da tante vicende che hanno alternato scambi e commerci a devastazioni e terrore. Ci attiveremo da subito per proseguire, insieme alle altre Istituzioni preposte, la campagna di ricerca archeologica sottomarina, e per determinare l’attenta custodia dei reperti rinvenuti, evitando ogni ipotesi di trafugamento che costituirebbe un grave danno al patrimonio e alla memoria collettiva”.

Angela Leucci

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