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Researchers Return to Greece’s Antikythera Shipwreck

ATHENS, GREECE—In line with an Ars Technica report, a bearded marble head was recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck by a global crew of researchers led by Angeliki G. Simosi of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Evia after a number of massive boulders that had been partially protecting the wreck have been eliminated. Found by a sponge diver in 1900, the ship sank whereas carrying a cargo of sculptures and different luxurious items, together with the so-called Antikythera mechanism—an roughly 2,100-year-old machine thought to have been used to show the actions of the 5 identified planets, the solar, the phases of the moon, and the photo voltaic and lunar eclipses across the Earth. The newly found head might belong to a headless statue often called the “Herakles of Antikythera,” which was recovered from the wreckage greater than 100 years in the past. The researchers additionally recovered a marble plinth with the decrease legs, two human enamel, and a number of other items of ship’s gear. Microanalysis of soil samples collected on the website might assist scientists decide the ship’s dimensions. To examine human stays that have been beforehand recovered from the wreck, go to “Antikythera Man,” one in every of ARCHAEOLOGY’s High 10 Discoveries of 2016.


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