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Antikythera Wreckage May Be Two Ships

Monday, January 07, 2013

SEATTLE—Underwater archaeologist Brendan Foley of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announced at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America that the wreckage that yielded the Antikythera Mechanism is so enormous that it may actually represent two ships. In addition to the bronze calendar device, bronze and marble statues, amphora, and figurines have been recovered from the site, located in deep water near the Greek island of Antikythera. The researchers will return to the site next year with metal detectors to look for artifacts and any possibly undisturbed areas of the wreckage. “Because the site has been so intruded upon for more than a century it gets really hard to disambiguate what’s myth and what’s fact,” he said.