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Antikythera wreck yields more treasures
« on: Wednesday, 04 October, 2017 @ 20:13:48 »
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Antikythera shipwreck yields bronze arm – and hints at spectacular haul of classical statues

Arm points to existence of at least seven statues from Greek shipwreck, already the source of most extensive and exciting ancient cargo ever found

Marine archaeologists have recovered a bronze arm from an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where the remains of at least seven more priceless statues from the classical world are believed to lie buried.

Divers found the right arm, encrusted and stained green, under half a metre of sediment on the boulder-strewn slope where the ship and its cargo now rest. The huge vessel, perhaps 50m from bow to stern, was sailing from Asia Minor to Rome in 1BC when it foundered near the tiny island between Crete and the Peloponnese.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/04/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-new-treasures-and-hints-of-priceless-classical-statues


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Re: Antikythera wreck yields more treasures
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 05 October, 2017 @ 14:50:03 »
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While the statues would likely have been considered high art in their day, perhaps the most intriguing artifact found is a small, bronze disk. Punctuated with holes and decorated with the image of a bull, it's unclear what the disk was used for, said Simossi.

"It is maybe decoration for furniture or maybe a seal, or it could be an instrument," she said. "It is very early to say."

It's also reminiscent of the Antikythera mechanism, a small, bronze disk that measures celestial movements with impressive accuracy. That piece was found among the ship's remains in 2006. The mechanism is so accurate, in fact, that it's often referred to as an "ancient computer."
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/ancient-greek-shipwreck-statues-found-video-spd/





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