According to the recent reports, researchers completed a 3rd trip to an ancient ship that sank off the coast of Antikythera, a remote Greek Island. The sunken ship remained undiscovered until the spring of 1900. The ship is more than 2000 years old and due to the wealth of treasures, its sunken wreckage has revealed by the archaeologists.
Recently, the archaeologists made numerous discoveries at the site, including an intact table jug, part of a bed leg and a 2 meter-long bronze spear.
Certainly, the divers have been visiting the site since 1900. Ilias Stadiatis (diver) found the wreckage at a depth of around 50 meters. He brought that wreckage back to the surface with an arm of a bronze statue. Researchers have found a treasure trove of artifacts, including statues, jewelry and the Antikythera Mechanism, often called the first known computer. It’s believed to have been used to make astronomical predictions.
The recovery was ultimately called off in the 1900, after one diver died from the crooks and the two were seriously injured. Once again, an international team of researchers is back at the Antikythera site along with the high-tech exosuit. This exosuit enables divers to spend 3 hours in the water and uses Rebreather tech to scour CO2 out of the exhaled air.
Brendan Foley, who works for the Wood Hole Oceangraphic Institution stated that, “The evidence shows this is the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered. Seems it’s the Titanic of the ancient world.”
Foley is one of the archaeologists working to further explore the sunken ocean liner. Both an International scientists and the Greek researchers team have been planning a return trip to the site next year.
The researchers believed that the shipwreck site was too bigger than the earlier sponge divers believed. Wreckage covers 300 meters of the sea floor and the length of the ship is up to 50 meters long.
Theotokis Theodoulou, who described the new discoveries as ‘very promising’. He further stated that, “We have a lot of work to do at this site to uncover its secrets.”