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17.09.14

Nye skatter ved Antikythera?

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http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_16/09/2014_542935

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Archaeologists set out Monday to use a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found.

The so-called Antikythera Mechanism, a 2nd-century BC device known as the world’s oldest computer, was discovered by sponge divers in 1900 off a remote Greek island in the Aegean.

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The Exosuit, built in Canada by Nuytco Research, will permit divers to reach depths of 150 meters (492 feet) and still perform delicate tasks, says archaeologist Theotokis Theodoulou.

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Archaeologists believe many other artifacts are yet to be discovered in and around the wreck. Up to now they had only been able to operate at a depth of 60 meters.

The mechanism was found with a spectacular bronze statue of a youth in the wreck of a cargo ship apparently carrying booty to Rome, and researchers are certain that other items on board still remain to be discovered.

“We have good signs that there are other objects present,” said Angeliki Simosi, head of Greece’s directorate of underwater antiquities, after exploratory dives in the area in 2012 and 2013.

“There are dozens of items left, this was a ship bearing immense riches from Asia Minor,” added Dimitris Kourkoumelis, another archaeologist on the team.

The archaeologists also hope to confirm the presence of a second ship, some 250 meters away from the original discovery site.

Antikythera, which now has a population of only 44, was on one of antiquity’s busiest trade routes, and a base for Cilician pirates, some of whom once captured and held the young Julius Caesar for ransom. He later had them all captured and crucified.

The Greek team is assisted by Brendan Foley, a marine archaeologist from the renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at Massachusetts, which was involved in a dive to the wreck of the Titanic.

Foley has helped in outings to identify ancient shipwrecks over the last five years.

“We may find one or more monumental statues that were left behind in 1901, in the mistaken belief that they were rocks,” Foley said.

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10.09.14

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