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Blown glasses and jewelry among the new findings from Antikythera Shipwreck

Antikythera shipwreck 2016

Blown glasses and jewelry among the new findings from Antikythera Shipwreck

June 16, 2016

Another expedition to the shipwreck of Antikythera presented very interesting new findings. From May 22 to June 11 the scientific team of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the US Oceanographic Institute Woods Hole searched the Antikythera Shipwreck and revealed 60 new objects. From furniture and jewelry, to glass and marble vases, and a fruit statue hand.

Initially they continued the excavation, which began last fall. They conducted in parallel trenches at various points in an attempt to identify the limits of space, which was the main concentration of the load and possibly the remains of the ship itself.

The wide dispersion of the ceramic, the depth and the disturbance caused by 1900 and 1976 excavations, make this task difficult. However, the accuracy of positioning the information in highly detailed digital map of the area (GIS), improved the understanding of the limits of the wreck. To this contributes the mechanical detection elements below the sea bottom, which gave the appearance of the dispersion of the ceramic charge, and the metal elements of the ship itself such as nails and iron slag.

A bronze spear with the tip, four fragments of marble statues, from which stands out a left hand wrist, the end of a leg of wooden furniture with copper plating, fragments of glass vessels and other blown millefiori-type glass jars, one jug and a ring gold are some of the most important findings.

Particularly illustrative are the elements of the ship itself, as nails of various types of resin mass leaves of lead board wrapped or folded leaden plates, a leaden pipe, possibly the water pump of the vessel and a lead weight ( counterweight?) of around 100 kg weight. To the same category probably belong the iron slag masses, which maintain their inner shape of the object.

Finally, the area investigated in relation to the existence of another wreck and now there is objective evidence of the existence of a second ship (different caliber tube, different nail type, tiles and different types of amphorae).