22 shipwrecks found in a Greek archipelago

22 shipwrecks found in a Greek archipelago

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For many years, the rocky coastline of Fourni, a small Greek archipelago near Turkey, has witnessed countless shipwrecks for centuries, something that is well known to both fishermen and divers who flock to this destination throughout the year. year.

A few weeks ago, a group of marine archaeologists belonging to the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of Greece They have been investigating the seabed in this area and in addition to having found a lot of ancient ceramic pieces they have made a much bigger discovery than they would have thought at first.

On the first of their expeditions, the team managed to discover the remains of a shipwreck dating back to the late Roman period, remains that were found among the algae in the shallow waters of the coast of this archipelago.

A few days later, the researchers discovered evidence of nine more subsidence in the area. The next day they discovered six other remains more and when the exploration was over, the divers had found nothing less than 22 different shipwrecks, some of which date back to about 2,500 years old, something that had not been previously documented.

According to the investigators, the exact number of shipwrecks near the archipelago is unknown. Even so, it has been possible to collect information on ship remains from the archaic period (700-480 BC) until the end of the medieval period, at depths ranging from 3 meters to 55, although at the moment the initial investigation has only covered 44 kilometers squared, only 5% of the archipelago's coastline.

The finding is important given that one of the main components of boats is wood, something that does not usually survive the passage of centuries unless it is buried in mud without oxygen, one of the agents that accelerates its decomposition.

The remains that have been found near Fourni have few traces of the ships although it is known that three of the shipwrecks have an important archaeological treasure, archaic pots and large amphorae, where it is suspected that they were destined for Cyprus.

The intention is to return to Fourni with underwater robots and different technologies to search more efficiently before carrying out underwater excavations, thus obtaining more pieces, and consequently, more information that can provide more information.

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