Researchers have recently found a further 23 ancient shipwrecks in the waters near Greece, according to The National Geographic.
The discovery follows a previous 22 shipwrecks discovered in the region by The Fourni Underwater Survey, which is also responsible for these 23 additional discoveries. This brings the total number of ancient shipwreck found near the Fourni archipelago to 45, which could also be one of the largest region with shipwreck graveyards in the world.
This latest project was initiated by the University of Southampton’s archaeologist Peter Campbell with the RPM Nautical Foundation- along with Greek divers and maritime archaeologist George Koutsouflakis ,who was also part of the discovery.
The findings include remains of old ships and artifacts contained inside of them.
The sunken ships discovered in June 2016 span more than 2,000 years of Greek maritime history. The earliest shipwreck dates to roughly 525 B.C., while the most recent is from the early 1800s.
The other wrecks range across the centuries, with cargoes from the Classical period (480-323 B.C.), the Hellenistic period (323-31 B.C.), the Late Roman period (300-600 A.D.), and the Medieval period (500-1500 A.D.)
Cooking pots, plates, bowls, storage jars, a palm-size lamp, and black-painted ceramic fine-ware were among the artifacts recovered from the wrecks so far.
The most common artifacts that survive are clay storage jars known as amphorae. These were used by merchant ships to transport cargoes of wine, olive oil, fish sauce, and other goods.
The concentration of the shipwrecks and the large area remaining to be explored leaves every indication that there are many more sites to discover and gives great insight into ancient navigation and trade.
*Photos by Vasilis Mentogianis