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Greek underwater archaeologists found new treasures among the remains of a ship that sank in the 1st century BC. near the island of Antikythera, in the Ionian Sea, known for the discovery of the so-called «Antikythera mechanism«, Considered the first« computer »in history.
"We have found pieces of amphorae, a part of the ship with copper nails, human bones, and a copper ring whose use is not yet established," said this Friday, October 18, 2019, the archaeologist responsible for the investigation. Anguelikí Símosi.
The most important discovery, according to the archaeologist, are various statues, which will be brought to light from next year. From the pieces of amphorae found, made on the island of Kos, in the Dodecanese, and in southern Italy, a possible ship itinerary is deduced.
For its part, the piece of ship with the copper nails provides important information about the way of building ships in that period. It is not the first time that archaeologists have found human remains, which, according to Símosi, provide important information about the passengers of the ship.
The ship was found by chance in 1900, at a depth of about 50 meters, when sponge fishermen were seeking refuge from a storm in a gulf of Antikythera, and since then has not stopped providing findings.
Shortly after, the first archaeological expedition was launched that would bring out one of the greatest treasures ever found in Hellenic waters, the Antikythera mechanism.
This highly technically complex contraption was used to predict astronomical positions and even the exact date of six ancient Greek contests: the Olympia Games, the Pythian Games, the Isthmian Games, the Nemean Games, the Dodona Games and those on the island of Rhodes.
The cogwheels of the Antikythera mechanism have taken more than a century to decipher and are currently on display in the Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Investigations stopped in 1902 and were not resumed until 1976, when Oceanographer Jacques Costeau's team picked up the baton from the expeditions.
In 2014 the Department of Underwater Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture resumed the investigation, and since then each mission reveals new treasures.