Around 2000 years ago, a Greek ship sank off the coast of Antikythera. The sunken ship remained undiscovered until the spring of 1900. Stormy seas escorted sponge divers to dive alongside the island’s coast.
Ilias Stadiatis (diver) found the wreckage at a depth of around 50 meters. He brought that wreckage back to the surface with an arm of a bronze statue.
Researchers have found a treasure trove of artifacts, including statues, jewelry and the Antikythera Mechanism, often called the first known computer. It’s believed to have been used to make astronomical predictions.
Certainly, the recovery was called off in the 1900, after one diver died from the crooks and the two were seriously injured.
Now again, an international team of researchers is back at the Antikythera site along with the high-tech exosuit. This exosuit enables divers to spend 3 hours in the water and uses Rebreather tech to scour CO2 out of the exhaled air.
Brendan Foley, who works for the Wood Hole Oceangraphic Institution stated that, “The evidence shows this is the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered. Seems it’s the Titanic of the ancient world.”
Recently, it has been observed by the researchers that the shipwreck site was too bigger than the earlier sponge divers believed. Wreckage covers 300 meters of the sea floor. The researchers stated that the length of the ship is up to 50 meters long.
Moreover, the archaeologists and divers made numerous findings at the site, including an intact table jug, part of a bed leg and a 2 meter-long bronze spear.
According to the official reports, the team is planning a return trip to the site next year. Theotokis Theodoulou, who described the new discoveries as ‘very promising’. He further stated that, “We have a lot of work to do at this site to uncover its secrets.”