Antikythera Shipwreck Continues to Yield Artifacts After 120 Years
By: Cathy Cai
A Roman-era cargo ship that sank near the Greek island of Antikythera over two thousand years ago has been guarding ancient treasures since its discovery in 1900.
In late June 2022, researchers revealed their latest find, a marble head showing the Greek and Roman demigod Hercules. The team believes it belongs to a headless statue of Hercules found during the first visit to the shipwreck. They also found several bronze statues. These are rare since most bronze sculptures from ancient Greece were melted to make coins and weapons.
The most significant find, however, was the Antikythera Mechanism. Often referred to as the world's oldest computer, it calculated and displayed information about astronomical phenomena, such as eclipses, in advance. There were so many amazing artifacts found that could explain more about their history.
Sadly, the exploration project came to an abrupt halt in the summer of 1901 after a diver was killed and two others were paralyzed from sickness.
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