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Lost civilisations:Antikythera shipwreck yields more treasures

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The wreckage was discovered in 1900
Divers have recovered several statue pieces and a mystery bronze disc from the 2,000-year-old shipwreck.

Located on the sea floor off the island of Antikythera, the ancient sailing vessel, which is believed to be one of the largest Roman era ships ever found, was originally home to the famous Antikythera mechanism, an early ‘computer’ that was used by seafarers to chart the motion of the planets.

First discovered by sponge divers 117 years ago, the wreck has yielded a great number of fascinating items and now, following a series of recent dives, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of seven large bronze statues as well as a mysterious bronze disc decorated with the image of a bull.

Described as ‘extremely exciting’, the statue finds are particularly important because only a small number of bronze statues are known to have survived from the ancient world and most have been altered or treated in some way by previous conservators, destroying vital information.

So far only a few mismatched limbs have been found however divers are now focusing their efforts on locating the rest of the pieces which must still be down in the wreckage somewhere.

If they succeed, it could significantly enhance our knowledge of that particular time period.

« What we’re finding is these sculptures are in among and under the boulders, » said excavation team co-director Brendan Foley of Lund University. « We think it means a minimum of seven, and potentially nine, bronze sculptures still waiting for us down there. »      

Source: Nature.com

Blade Runner 2049 à la tête du box -office américain

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La suite du film culte de Ridley Scott, Blade Runner 2049, occupe la première place du box-office nord-américain après sa première fin de semaine en salles.

Selon les chiffres publiés par Exhibitor Relations, le film a récolté 31,5 millions de dollars aux États-Unis et au Canada en trois jours.

Réalisé par le Québécois Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 devance La montagne entre nous et le film d’honneur Ça.

Ces résultats sont toutefois inférieurs aux estimations prévues : le film de science-fiction devait récolter entre 45 et 50 millions de dollars la première fin de semaine, soit l’équivalent de ce que le succès de 2015 Mad Max : Fury Road avait amassé.

Les attentes étaient élevées, notamment en raison des critiques dithyrambiques à l’endroit de Blade Runner 2049. En se basant sur 239 critiques, l’agrégateur Rotten Tomatoes, qui compile les critiques de film, a donné un score de 89 % à la suite de Blade Runner.

 

Le film de Denis Villeneuve se déroule une trentaine d’années après les évènements du film de Ridley Scott. Ryan Gosling y joue l’officier K, un Blade Runner, qui suit les traces de son prédécesseur, Rick Deckard, incarné par Harrison Ford.