Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Off the Coast of Evia, Undersea Treasures Discovered

Even from ancient times, Greece has had a very rich shipping history. Today, scientists continue to find artifacts of the Greek seafaring legacy in the undersea ruins of ancient shipwrecks. One such shipwreck, located off the coast of Evia, has been the subject of a major collaborative project between the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the Hellenic Institute for Marine Archaeology. Findings such as Brindisi amphorae, vases used for food, and small parts of copper life-size statues and other remnants suggest that the ship was used for transporting valuable items, possibly sculptures in whole or in parts.

The wreck was originally discovered in 2007 off the resort town of Nea Styra, in the southern part of the island of Evia, at a depth of 40 to 45 metres. Work on the project ceased temporarily in 2010, but is expected to recommence again in 2011.

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Source: Greek News Agenda

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