More treasures found in Antikythera wreck
October 1, 2015 | 95 comments
Divers carefully retrieved artifacts from the sea floor. Image Credit: YouTube / Return to Antikythera
Divers exploring a 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Greece have found over 50 new artifacts.
Located on the sea floor off the island of Antikythera, the ancient sailing vessel, which is believed to be one of the largest Roman era ships ever found, was originally home to the famous Antikythera mechanism, an early 'computer' that was used by seafarers to chart the motion of the planets.
A recent expedition to the site of the wreckage, which hoped to recover more such devices from the sea floor, has so far managed to retrieve several dozen new artifacts from the ship's remains including a bone or ivory flute, fragments of glassware and the bronze armrest from a throne.
"Every single dive on the wreck delivers something interesting; something beautiful," said project co-director Brendan Foley from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. "Itís like a tractor-trailer truck wrecked on the way to Christieís auction house for fine art - it's just amazing."
The Antikythera wreck has been explored several times over the last 115 years with the mechanism itself having been discovered by Greek sponge divers all the way back in the year 1900.
While it isn't clear if there really is more than one of the devices down there, exploration teams are hoping that one day soon they will locate something in the wreck that is equally as significant.
In the meantime though, with a treasure trove of unique artifacts dating back two millennia, the wreckage is likely to remain a place of great interest to archaeologists for many years to come.
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
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