Green light to archeologists exploring the Antikythera Shipwreck
The Greek Central Archeological Council (KAS) gave the green light for the Antikythera Shipwreck in southern Greece and will continue its investigation into the area for the next five years. The test excavations are to focus on areas where numerous metal objects and pottery has been discovered and where archeologists have discovered evidence of one or two more shipwrecks.
The last expedition launched in 2012 was a joint effort between the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the American Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). During their endeavours, archeologists discovered a segment of an anchor and a lead joint from a Roman anchor among other findings. In 2013, information of a second Roman shipwreck close to the first one was discovered.
Last year, archeologists used new robotic diving equipment known as the Exosuit and captured a digitized 3D location of the wreck and pulled out sections of a bed decoration and bronze spear. The excavation is led by Dr. Angeliki Simosi and WHOI’s marine archeologist Brendan Foley.