Archaeologists To Resume Survey of Famous Antikythera Shipwreck



Discoveries from the Antikythera shipwreck on display in Athens’ Archaeological Museum

The underwater archaeological survey at the Antikythera shipwreck site, which has been suspended since 2017, will resume in the near future, according to an announcement made by the Ekaterini Laskaridi Institution on Friday.

The Institution is responsible for supplying the research vessel “Typhoon” for the needs of the important maritime archaeological research project.

“The aim of the archaeological survey that will start in the next few days is the recovery of antiquities, to update the mapping of the archaeological site and evaluate the condition of the shipwreck after two years,” the Institution’s announcement stated.

The long-time director of the survey, Dr. Angeliki Simosi, head of the Euboea Antiquities Ephorate, will once again lead the mission, which includes a team of exceptional Greek scientists from various disciplines.

The specialists involved in the fascinating project include marine archaeologists, scuba divers, cameramen and a team of four deep-sea divers from the Greek Coast Guard’s Underwater Missions Unit.

The research vessel “Typhoon” adds a new dimension to the survey project since, in addition to its size, it can also remain in a fixed location above any point on the seabed, which enables divers to use it as a stable base for dives over the exact location of the shipwreck.

The mission is once again supported by the watchmaker Hublot and the island municipality of Kythera.

Studies at the Antikythera archaeological site involve a Roman-era shipwreck which dates back to the second quarter of the first century BC. It was discovered by sponge divers off the shores of the Greek island of Antikythera in the year 1900.

With information from AMNA