Ancient Greek Shipwreck Is Yielding Treasure

Posted: Sep 28 2015, 12:33am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 28 2015, 9:18pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Ancient Greek Shipwreck Is Yielding Treasure
Credit: Brett Seymour, EUA/ARGO

Archaeologists have recovered many precious items from Antikythera wreck during an expedition this year

Antikythera shipwreck happened thousands of years ago but the ocean floor is still spitting its remains.

Recently, marine archeologists plunged deep into the sea and recovered more than 50 items from the ancient shipwreck including a bronze armrest which is possibly a part of throne, a bone flute, fine glassware, luxury ceramics and a pawn from a board game.

“This shipwreck is far from exhausted,” said Dr. Brendan Foley, a marine archeologist and co-director of the project. “Every single dive on it delivers fabulous finds and reveals how 1 percent lived in the time of Caesar.”

The famous Greek shipwrecked around 65 B.C. The wreck was discovered in 1900 by Greek sponge fishermen on the island of Antikythera. They excavated numerous statues, sculpture, coins as well as “Antikythera Mechanism” which is assumed to be the first computer in the world.

The latest expedition is a part of multi-year research program which began in 2014. The program is aimed to recover Antikythera wreck artifacts and to study them comprehensively. This was the first time when archeologists were able to go 180 feet deep in the site and excavated precious items by using advanced diving equipment and 3D map. They remained in the bottom for more than 40 hours and resurfaced “titanic of the ancient world.” The ten member dive team was able to discover more than 50 artifacts buried in the deep sea beneath the thick layer of broken ceramics.

“We were very lucky this year, as we excavated many finds within their context, which gave us the opportunity to take full advantage of all the archeological information they could provide.” Dr. Theodoulou, diving archeologist stated in press release.

Divers performed 61 dives throughout the ten days of this year’s expedition while a remotely operated vehicle monitored and recorded all the diving activities and served as link between the divers and the supporting staff on the surface. A survey of the site suggests that debris is dispersed over 40x50 meters of area of Antikythera and probably more dives will require for collecting more artifacts. 

The previously discovered artifacts will displayed in a special exhibition in Switzerland from September 27 to March next year. 

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