Divers Find 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard Near Tiny Greek Island

A True Open Forum; Share/Discuss whatever you like
User avatar
Edge Guerrero
Posts: 5697
Joined: Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:14 am
Reputation: 2388
Location: Smackdown Hotel at "the corner of Know Your Role Blvd

Divers Find 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard Near Tiny Greek Island

Postby Edge Guerrero » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:32 pm

By Laura Geggel - Associate Editor

This popular trade route in the Aegean was a shipwreck graveyard in ancient times.

Image

Ancient sailors courted adventure and risked death on the Aegean Sea. And now divers have discovered five of their approximately 2,000-year-old shipwrecks and a giant, granite anchor pole near the tiny Greek island of Levitha.

These ships were laden with goods — largely amphorae, which are ancient jugs with slender handles and narrow necks that usually held valuable liquids, such as oil and wine. The amphorae came from the cities of Knidos, Kos, Rhodes, Phoenicia and Carthage, according to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Dating to just before the middle of the third century B.C., the goods were made during a time when the Ptolemaic and Hellenistic Antigonid dynasties ruled maritime trade in the Aegean, the ministry reported.

Among the findings was a 880-lb.(400 kilograms) granite anchor pole, spotted nearly 150 feet (45 meters) underwater, that dates to the sixth century B.C. The anchor is so enormous, it likely came from a "colossal" ship," the ministry said. (The statement was translated from Greek with Google translate.)

In addition to the five shipwrecks, the divers found other sunken vessels. One wreck had amphorae from the ancient Greek city of Knidos, located in what is now Turkey, that also dated to the third century B.C. Three other shipwrecks found nearby were carrying cargo that included cone (pointy-bottomed) amphorae. These wrecks dated to the second and first centuries B.C. and the second century A.D.


Image
(Image credit: Anastasis Agathos/Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities/Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports)

The last three newly discovered shipwrecks consisted of a first-century-B.C. vessel toting amphorae from the northern Aegean, a first-century-A.D. wreck with amphorae from Rhodes and a shipwreck with amphorae that dated to the early Christian period.

Researchers found the shipwrecks during an underwater excavation lasting from June 15 to 29, under the direction of archaeologist George Koutsouflakis, director of the Department of Underwater Archaeological Sites, Monuments and Research with the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, which is part of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The effort included 57 group dives and 92 hours of work on the seabed. The project's findings indicate that this sea route was heavily used from the Archaic to the Ottoman periods, the ministry said.

Archaeologists plan to study the area around Levitha, as well as the nearby Aegean islands of Mavria, Glaros and Chinaros, until 2021.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/ancient-shipwrecks-found-in-aegean.html
- I rent this space for advertising

Don't be selfish, preserve this world for the next generations.

I'll never long for what might have been
Regret won't waste my life again
I won't look back I'll fight to remain

User avatar
Benwahwah
Posts: 486
Joined: Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:45 am
Reputation: 1013

Postby Benwahwah » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:04 pm


User avatar
Rambo John J
Posts: 89
Joined: Thu May 03, 2018 11:39 pm
Reputation: 43

Postby Rambo John J » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:48 pm

very cool
I love shipwrecks and dives into the past


Return to “Anarchy Zone”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests