Sunday, January 13, 2013

Famed Roman Shipwreck Could Be Two

First discovered in the early 1900s by local sponge divers, the wreck is most famous for the Antikythera mechanism, which contains a maze of interlocking gears and mysterious characters etched all over its exposed faces. Originally thought to be a kind of navigational astrolabe, archaeologists continue to uncover its uses and now know that it was, at the very least, a highly intricate astronomical calendar. CREDIT: Courtesy Wikipedia Commons 

Content provided by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience
A dive to the undersea cliff where a famous Roman shipwreck rests has
turned up either evidence that the wreck is enormous — or a suggestion
that, not one, but two sunken ships are resting off the Greek island of

"Either way, it's an exciting result," said study researcher Brendan
Foley, an archaeologist at Woods Hold Oceanographic Institution who
presented the findings Jan. 4 at the annual meeting of the
Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle.

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