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Further treasures found in Antikythera wreck

By T.K. Randall
October 10, 2014 · Comment icon 10 comments



The famous mechanism discovered in the Antikythera wreck. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Marsyas
Divers have discovered valuable artefacts hidden within the same wreck as the Antikythera Mechanism.
The ancient vessel, which dates back to around 70 BC, was first discovered by Greek sponge divers a century ago. It was later made famous thanks to the recovery of a complex geared astronomical prediction mechanism believed to be the world's earliest known analogue computer.

Now archaeologists have been utilizing the very latest in diving technology to return to the wreck in search of what other treasures its rotting timbers might still hold.
The most recent expedition ran from September 15th to October 7th and succeeded in uncovering some tantalizing new finds including a selection of tableware, some ship components and a long bronze spear that appeared to have once been part of a warrior statue.

Researchers believe that the ship was traveling from the coast of Asia Minor to Rome when it sunk and that it had been carrying the valuables of a woman who was due to be married.

The primary goal of future dives will be to look for either more parts of the existing mechanism or to discover signs of any other similar devices amongst the wreck's remains.

Source: BBC News | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Why, thank you for the "likes"! Just reporting news from the true professionals. I would LOVE to be a diver there, or for that matter any part of the scientific crew.
Comment icon #2 Posted by 6.6.6 9 years ago
I've done a lot of diving when I was younger! Although for a different kind of treasure! !!
Comment icon #3 Posted by snop1x 9 years ago
i would like to go there someday!!! it's not that far from where i live!!!but even if i go i don't think "i"'ll find anything there other than some mean looking šŮ‹ÍŠťŪŠ (Greater Weever) looking to mate with me...
Comment icon #4 Posted by antigod 9 years ago
I've done a lot of diving when I was younger! Although for a different kind of treasure! !! Lady treasure??
Comment icon #5 Posted by 6.6.6 9 years ago
Lady treasure?? Jesus christ!! Have you not been banned yet for your barage of unsavoury comments???
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paranomaly 9 years ago
it would be awesome to find more clues to our past in the form of buried treasure on the sea floor. I definitely envy them.
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
it would be awesome to find more clues to our past in the form of buried treasure on the sea floor. I definitely envy them. I agree, this has the makings of increasing knowledge of our past. Best of luck(and funding) for all involved.
Comment icon #8 Posted by bobb73 9 years ago
Looks like the donkey wheel from Lost
Comment icon #9 Posted by legadema 9 years ago
there are a lot of missing answers, and this may be one lead to them.
Comment icon #10 Posted by aquatus1 9 years ago
Lady treasure?? **That's enough, Antigod.**


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