SH Archive 2,500-year-old ancient Greek shipwrecks may hold key to lost port

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Archeology breakthrough: 2,500-year-old ancient Greek shipwrecks may hold key to lost port

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SCIENTISTS have discovered multiple shipwrecks dating from several different historical periods in an unprecedented archaeological breakthrough.

'Specialised marine archaeologists uncovered five shipwrecks off the Greek island of Kasos, the southernmost island in the Aegean Sea, dating from several different historical periods. On top of the shipwrecks, scientist’s found evidence that points towards an ancient port facility, according to the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports'

Usual dating of thousands of years....

'Among the vessels discovered, the most notable is thought to originate from the late classical period, featuring five stone, pyramid shaped anchors.

The archaeologists came across several types of amphorae, a kind of pottery jug charfactistc of the Greek and Roman period, in addition to other fine ceramics'

'On examining these objects, researchers were able to deduce that they came from somewhere between the end of the 4th or beginning of the 3rd century BCE.

Samples taken from the remaining four shipwrecks revealed to the archaeologists one hailing from the 1st century BC, with another coming from the Byzantine period, the latter thought to have been in use somewhere between the 8th and 10th century BCE, this ship also containing amphorae'

This bit got my spidy sences tingling...

'The two remaining wrecks are much younger, only going back a few hundred years, but still offering a well of historical knowledge and potential hitherto unexplored.

They were dated to the period following the Greek War of Independence that lasted from 1821 to 1829, fought to put an end to Ottoman Empire rule.

The researchers say that the later of these two vessels was found to contain building materials, suggesting it may have been a merchant ship.

It took researchers 67 dives before they could fully identify the shipwrecks, conducted by the Kasos Maritime Arcaheoligcal Project; a joint venture of the Greek Institute of Historical Research at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Ministry of Culture's Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities'

More likely the whole find is simply a few hundred years old?

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