The first expedition of 2016 of the international research team excavating the famous Antikythera Shipwreck was concluded on Saturday, June 11th. Helped by the good weather, the systematic excavation of the site continued, giving very important and promising results. The team recovered 60 artifacts including a gold ring, luxury glassware, elements of marble sculptures, another spear belonging to a bronze statue, resin/incense, ceramic decanters, and a unique artifact that may have been a defensive weapon to protect the massive ship against attacks from pirates. The team also confirmed the wreck of a second ancient cargo ship close by the Antikythera vessel. Using high end technology, they have mapped precisely the whole area of interest and generated 3D models of every artifact recovered. DNA samples have been extracted from ceramic jars to be analyzed and have results regarding what they contained. Led by archaeologists and technical experts from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Return to Antikythera project will continue its mission by the end of August 2016, hoping for more interesting results. The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is actively supporting the effort which is supervised by the Director of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities Dr. Aggeliki Simosi and is under the aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

For more details on the May-June 2016 results, see here.

 

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