Research continues on important Antikythera Shipwreck

Find yielded the unique Antikythera Mechanism


The culture ministry’s underwater antiquities department in partnership with US-based  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently completed a digital underwater survey and 3-dimensional display of the renowned Antikythera Shipwreck.

The development followed last year’s discovery of the exact spot of the shipwreck, which carried the Antikythera Mechanism during antiquity.

The Antikythera Shipwreck is located off the isle of Antikythera, between Crete and the southeast promontory of the Peloponnese.

It was discovered in 1900 by sponge divers that had decided to wait out a passing storm.

The latest cutting-edge underwater research commenced through a joint venture in 2012 between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the ministry’s Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.

Since then several artifacts have been salvaged, including parts of anchors, amphorae, tiles, and even a bronze spear.



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