Ancient wreck off the Peloponnese contained a cargo of amphorae

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A Classical-era wreck first discovered in the narrow channel between the island of Kythera and Neapolis in the Peloponnese in 2019 was found to contain several amphorae, the Ministry of Culture and Sports said on Monday. Most of the amphorae were of the Corfu type, while some were of the type known as Solocha II (possibly from ancient Peparithos, as the island of Skopelos was known), some were from Chios, and there There were also several other types of ceramic tableware.

The amphorae were lifted between September 24 and 27 to a depth of 222 meters during an Ephorate rescue operation of underwater antiquities with funding from the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO). The vessel is in an area which is on the way to a project to lay an electric cable from Kissamos to Neapolis. The Hellenic Marine Research Center has loaned a Max Rover remotely operated underwater vehicle.

According to the ministry, the wreck is dated between the end of the 5th century BC. AD and the middle of the 4th century BC. boat.

The land and seas of Greece “hide unexplored cultural treasures,” said Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni, “and during any large public or private project the possibility of discovering antiques is extremely high” . She thanked all the agencies involved.

A 3D image of the wreck is being developed and should clarify the number of objects lying on the seabed, the extent of their dispersion, and the approximate size of the vessel, and possibly also the volume of cargo. . Members of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research work there, while archaeologists and oceanographers study the sinking of the Ephorate.


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