New findings From the Antikythera Shipwreck

New findings From the Antikythera ShipwreckThe team of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the US-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute completed an expedition of the early 1st century BC Roman Antikythera shipwreck, made famous by the discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, the first known mechanical computer and instrument of astronomical observation.

The mission took place from May 22 to June 11, 2016, and brought to light new findings: 60 items, among them furniture, jewelry, glass and marble vases, glass jars, a gold ring, and a statue hand wrist.

It was a difficult dive, with artifacts dispersed over the sea floor from earlier expeditions. In addition to recovering artifacts, researchers made test trenches at various points in order to better define the main area of the wreck.

Very interesting is the fact that there are reasonable grounds for the existence of a second shipwreck, based on the discovery of leaden tubes of a different a different diameter and different nail types, and different types of amphora, possibly indicating a second wreck in the same area.