A Cemetery of Boats: There Are Already 58 Wrecks Found in Greece

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Greek and American archaeologists discovered five medieval and ancient ships that were shipwrecked off the coast of Fourni Korseon Island, Greece, in the Aegean Sea. As reported by TornosNews, with reference to the press release of the Ministry of Culture of Greece, since 2015 they have found the remains of 58 ships in the waters of the Fourni archipelago.

Fourni is a part of the archipelago of the same name, located off the coast of Turkey. It is composed of 13 small islands, some of them with a very rugged coastline. It is at the crossroads of old trade routes that connected the states on the banks of the Black Sea and the Aegean with Cyprus, Egypt and the Levant. Some ships arrived here with cargoes from the Iberian and Apennine peninsulas.

Since the beginning of underwater work, which has been in the hands of Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sports and the US archaeological education and research organization RPM Nautical Foundation since 2015, researchers have found 53 shipwrecks in an area of 44 square kilometres. The oldest ones date from the V century BC, the last from the XVIII-XIX centuries AD

A whole cemetery

In September, underwater archaeologists found five more boats. Three old ships, dating from the fourth and second centuries BC to the fifth and sixth centuries of our era, were loaded with wine and oil. The other two belonged to the XVIII-XIX centuries. All the remains were found at a depth of 10-40 meters. Some of the remains were damaged by fishing nets, some had already been looted by “black archaeologists”. In addition to sunken ships, researchers found a terracotta lamp made in Corinth in the second century BC. C. has the name of the potter who made it.

A Cemetery of Boats: There Are Already 58 Wrecks Found in Greece

Previously, a private company dedicated to the rescue of treasures found a ship sunk and buried in the sand under the sea of Cape Canaveral, United States, which would be related to the lost colony of Fort Caroline.

The vessel, found by Global Marine Exploration, contained three French guns, of which at least one of them had colonial markings, and a French granite monument adorned with the coat of arms of that country.

 

 

Source: NMAS1