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. »
This past summer, Archaeologists in Israel discovered an enormous structure under the Sea of Galilee.
A huge, cone-shaped monument has been discovered by a team of Israeli archaeologists conducting a geophysical survey on the southern Sea of Galilee.
« According to a paper published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, the structure was built several thousand years ago and later submerged under the water.
It is 230 feet (70 m) in diameter and about 39 feet (12 m) high. The estimated weight of the monument is over 60,000 tons.
“The site resembles early burial sites in Europe and was likely built in the early Bronze Age. There may be a connection to the nearby ancient city of Beit Yerah, the largest and most fortified city in the area,” explained Dr Yitzhak Paz from Ben-Gurion University, lead author of the paper reporting the discovery.
“The stones, which comprise the structure, were probably brought from more than a mile away and arranged according to a specific construction plan,” added co-author Prof Shmuel Marco from Tel Aviv University. »
According to Goh Vitalii the pyramid was built in the time of dinosaurs. « The Crimean pyramid » has a truncated summit, as a Maya pyramid, but its appearance is rather Egyptian . It is hollow inside and the mummy of an unknown creature is buried under the foundation. « Under the foundation is a small body in the form of a mummy from 1.3 to 1.4 meters long with a crown on his head . » » There is a resonance chamber so-called Sphinx. The pyramids were built at the time of the dinosaurs, » the scientist said in an interview with ICTV . We do not know who built the pyramid know . Vitalii Goh reported to Beki that this is the only the oldest building in the world .
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