3. 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard found in Aegean Sea
2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard found in Aegean Sea

2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard found in Aegean Sea

Divers have discovered five of their approximately 2,000-year-old shipwrecks which is dating to before the middle of the third century B.C. Furthermore there was a giant anchor pole near the tiny Greek island of Levitha.


Along the shores of the Aegean Sea, archeologists have found a graveyard of ancient shipwrecks filled with treasures. The ministry stated that the goods were made during a time when the Ptolemaic and Hellenistic Antigonid dynasties ruled maritime trade in the Aegean.

In addition to the five shipwrecks, the divers found more sunken vessels. One wreck had amphorae from the ancient Greek city of Knidos. It was located in Turkey, that also dated to the third century B.C. The other ones found nearby were carrying cargo that included cone amphorae.

Researchers found the shipwrecks during an underwater excavation taking place from June 15 to June 29, under the direction of  Department of Underwater Archaeological Sites, Monuments and Research with the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, which is part of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The Aegean Sea has a sea route used by many different countries over the centuries, from the Romans and Greeks to the Byzantine Empire and the Ottomans. Hints of all of these cultures can be seen in the different found scattered around the shipwrecks. 

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