2,500-year-old shipwreck contains hundreds of ceramic vases

GreekThe wreck lies 222 meters below sea level and is loaded with cargo, suggesting that trade in the area could have been bustling.

Hundreds of amphoras sank to the bottom of the sea along with ancient merchant ships.  Photo: IPTO

Hundreds of amphoras sank to the bottom of the sea along with ancient merchant ships. Photo: IPTO

The Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) announced on November 4 that it had discovered a shipwreck 2,500 years ago near the island of Kythera, Greece. During the 2019 Aegean Sea survey, IPTO encountered hundreds of ancient Greek amphora vases, tall vessels with two handles and long necks. The survey was in preparation for the mapping of the seabed for the installation of the Crete-Peloponnese submarine cable line.

This discovery led them to shipwrecks that were wrecked between the mid-4th and late-5th centuries BC. The wreck is located 222 meters below sea level, between the towns of Neapolis and Kythera. It suggests that trade may have flourished here. The deck is filled with ancient vases from Corfu, Skopelos and Chios – the islands that surround Greece.

In September, scientists at the Hellenic Marine Research Center used the Aegean research vessel and a remote-controlled submarine, the MAX ROVER, to explore the wreck. Scientists think the ship sank to the bottom of the sea vertically because the vases remained where they were stacked, representing the shape of the ship. Researchers are building three-dimensional images of the wreck to better understand its size and cargo volume.

Finding wrecks during underwater surveys is not new to marine researchers. In 2018, another ancient Greek ship was discovered at the bottom of the Black Sea and is considered the oldest intact ship ever found in this sea. The 23-meter-long ship still has its mast and rudder after more than 2,400 years.

“Greece is a developed archaeological site, the land and sea both contain undiscovered cultural treasures. In large projects, whether public or private, the chances of discovering antiquities are very high. high,” said Lena Mendoni, Greek Minister of Culture and Sports.

Thu Thao (Follow Mail)

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