A full-scale marble head with a beard. It has been identified as a Farnese-type Hercules discovered during a recent underwater excavation of an Antikythera shipwreck dating back to about 60 BC. The head can provide a fit with a headless statue. Discovered by Sponge Divers in 1900 at the National Archaeological Museum 5742, the Greek Ministry of Culture announced on Sunday.
The ministry added that this year’s findings were discovered after a huge rock weighing several tons was lifted from the sea and exposed some of the shipwrecks that were previously invisible.
A marble base of the statue was also found, in which both human-shaped bare lower limbs were preserved and covered with a thick layer of frozen water. Therefore, it cannot be explained in detail.
Preparing to lift the marble base.
Other findings included many objects from ship equipment, such as copper and iron nails, ceramic and Cooper objects, and intangible metal agglomerates covered with frozen water crust. rice field.
All objects have been transferred to the Underwater Archeology Ephoroi for preservation.
Under the supervision of the Hublot Xplorations group of Swiss watch companies, and Greek and foreign archaeologists, in collaboration with several Ephorates and archaeologists (including the ocean), help with a new system of rock removal by the Swiss School of Archeology. The work was done by borrowing. Archaeologist), university professor in Greece and abroad (especially Switzerland and Italy), divers of the Port Authority and the Hellenic Coast Guard.
Funding and equipment were provided by Hublot, the Atanasios Lascarides Foundation (also provided by the special diving vessel “Typhoon”), the University of Geneva, the Swiss-based Nereus Research Foundation, and Cosmote as a communications sponsor.
This season is part of a five-year (2021-2025) excavation program on a famous shipwreck. Antikythera mechanism – Ancient Computational System – And several bronze and marble statues, including the youth of Antikythera, an iconic exhibit at the National Museum.
The richest ancient shipwreck ever discovered, the Antikythera shipwreck, was discovered in 1900 by a Greek sponge diver. In 1976, systematic excavation began in 2012 under the supervision of Greek archaeologist Dr. Lazaros Coronas, who had only dived for three days in 1953.
Antikythera excavation project officials Website here..
More amazing discoveries from the Antikythea shipwreck here..
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