At least 58 shipwrecks, most of them dating back to the ancient, Roman and Byzantine times, were found under the surface of the Aegean Sea.
This discovery could be the largest concentration of shipwrecks from the antiquity and the middle ages ever found in the Aegean and possibly the whole of the Mediterranean Sea.
Although the Aegean Sea is scattered with shipwrecks, it is the first time that such a large number of ships have been found together.
UNDER THE SEA: Archaeologists have discovered at least 58 shipwrecks, many laden with antiquities, in an underwater ship graveyard in Greece, in what they say may be the largest concentration of ancient shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea and possibly the Mediterranean to date. pic.twitter.com/8HJ9SNiRwq
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This discovery will give a lot of information about the trade routes of these times, according to the scientists.
”The excitement is difficult to describe, I mean, it was just incredible. We knew that we had stumbled upon something that was going to change the history books,” the underwater archaeologist and co-director of the Fournoi survey project Dr. Peter Campbell of the RPM Nautical Foundation said to Reuters.
The team of Greek and international scientists began the efforts to find the shipwrecks in 2015 and they discovered 22 that year. With their latest discovery the number increases to a profound 58; and the scientists strongly believe that there are even more to be found below the Greek waters.
”I would call it, probably, one of the top archaeological discoveries of the century in that we now have a new story to tell of a navigational route that connected the ancient Mediterranean,” Campbell explained.
The ships and their contents discovered give a glimpse of what they were carrying, including goods from Greece, Asia Minor, Italy, the Black Sea, Sicily, Cyprus, Egypt, north Africa, and elsewhere.