A Shipwreck Continues to Provide Artifacts after 120 Years
By: Hannah Yang
A Roman cargo ship sank near a Greek island named Antikythera and has continued to yield an abundance of ancient treasure since its discovery in 1900. It has also provided many ancient artifacts that could change the theories of the ancient civilizations of the past.
In late June of 2022, researchers revealed their latest find. It was a marble head depicting the Roman and Greek hero/demigod Hercules. Researchers concluded that the head belongs to a headless sculpture of Hercules that was discovered on the first visit.
The ancient Roman vessel dates to the 60s, when Greece was under the rule of the Roman Empire. Captain Dimitrios Kondos and his team led the first wave of excavations in 1900. The divers 36 marble statues, including figures like Hermes, Apollo, and Hercules.
The marble head had been discovered on the ship’s unexplored hull area, previously blocked by large boulders. The divers found a marble base with the legs of another sculpture, parts of the ship’s equipment, and two human teeth. The discoveries will be donated to the impressive collection at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
The ship continues to provide many rare artifacts that were added to many famous museums, which can help theorize these ancient civilizations. With this ship, we can uncover many lost artifacts.
Antikythera Shipwreck Continues To Yield Artifacts After 120 Years.