Famed shipwreck could be two, more secrets to uncover, researchers say

By on Jan 6, 2013 in Archaelogy, Science Comments

A famed Roman shipwreck could be two as provided by the evidence being studied by scientists. These new findings were made public during the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America on Friday, January 4, 2013.

Famed Roman Shipwreck artifact

Famed Roman Shipwreck artifacts
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The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the American Philological Association (APA) is currently having a joint meeting from January 3-6 at the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

Live Science reported that some of the findings suggests that there may be two sunken Roman ship in the Greek island of Antikythera.

The Roman shipwreck became famous due to the enormous amount of century artifacts that include an Antikythera mechanism, a complex bronze gear device used to calculate astronomical positions, bronze and marble statues, jars and figurines.

It reportedly sunk during the first century B.C. and is resting underneath the sea cliff. Reports say that the location of the shipwreck cannot be reached using an ordinary scuba diving gear. This makes it very hard for scientists to fully explore and study the sunken Roman ship.

Researchers reveal that more artifacts were still intact. Brendan Foley, an archaeologist and researcher at Woods Hold Oceanographic Institution, raised some intriguing questions during the annual meeting. “What else could be down there?” Foley said. “Are there more pieces of the known Antikythera mechanism? Is there another mechanism down there?”

A plan to check the site is being planned researchers for next year. Scientists are trying to uncover more of the Roman shipwreck secrets. Foley said that “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.”



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