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Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Athens News ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | John Leonard

Posted on 09/22/2012 11:39:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

During the summer the sites of six previously undocumented ancient shipwrecks were located by the Southern Euboean Gulf Survey (SEGS)... nautical archaeologist George Koutsouflakis of the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (EUA)... noted that the collaborative SEGS project was launched in 2006... has discovered and recorded 24 ancient shipwrecks... This year's SEGS team... located four ancient wrecks... Makronissos proved to be a particularly rich hunting ground... three of the wreck sites discovered there appear extraordinarily well preserved and may contain the actual remains of the wooden ships... mounded, concreted cargoes of transport amphorae, the distinctive ceramic containers usually used for the bulk shipment of foodstuffs, especially wine and olive oil... a large Roman-era ship of the mid-4th c AD (Wreck 16) lying off the northwest side of Makronissos and two other Hellenistic merchantmen of late 3rd c to early 2nd c BC date that sank off the island's east coast. The Roman ship appears to have been a heavily laden wine carrier... most of the ship's amphorae hail from North Africa (specifically Tunisia or Libya), with a small percentage from Sicily... a large, unusually complete cargo of mid-Hellenistic amphorae originating in Rhodes... the late 2nd to 1st c BC Makronissos wreck (Wreck 23)... appears to be... completely intact... holds the greatest potential for containing well-preserved wooden remains of the ship itself... Italian and typical Hellenistic Rhodian amphorae, the latter exhibiting legible handle stamps... a fourth wreck site... near Makronissos, of 1st c BC-1st c AD date, containing about 20 complete amphorae... North of Thorikos, a fifth wreck also of Roman date (1st-2nd c AD) was discovered at shallow depths (7-15m). Prior to meeting its fate, this ship had been transporting a load of terracotta building supplies consisting of typical Roman roof tiles and thin, rectangular or square constructional tiles.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: freepun; godsgravesglyphs; greece; romanempire
Myrto Michali numbering and photographing amphorae on the late 2nd-1st c BC site near Makronissos (Wreck 23)

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Archaeologist Eugenia Loizou wetting down an Lamboglia-type amphora

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Archaeologist Myrto Michali checking the clay stopper of an intact amphora from the late 2nd-1st c BC ship near Makronissos

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Archaeologists Koutsouflakis and Loizou clean and measure a late Hellenistic lagynos pitcher

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Archaeologists Koutsouflakis, Michali and Loizou clean the interior of an intact amphora

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Team and sponsors of the 2012 Southern Euboean Gulf Survey

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits

1 posted on 09/22/2012 11:39:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Myrto Michali numbering and photographing amphorae on the late 2nd-1st c BC site near Makronissos (Wreck 23)

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Archaeologist Eugenia Loizou wetting down an Lamboglia-type amphora

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Archaeologist Myrto Michali checking the clay stopper of an intact amphora from the late 2nd-1st c BC ship near Makronissos

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Archaeologists Koutsouflakis and Loizou clean and measure a late Hellenistic lagynos pitcher

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Archaeologists Koutsouflakis, Michali and Loizou clean the interior of an intact amphora

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits
Team and sponsors of the 2012 Southern Euboean Gulf Survey

Pristine wrecks revealed in Evian Straits

2 posted on 09/22/2012 11:41:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
I'm not sure whether the pictures load, because I have a slow dial-up connection, so I posted them two ways.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


3 posted on 09/22/2012 11:42:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

guess roman home depot had to cancel that special on roof tile.


4 posted on 09/22/2012 11:43:57 PM PDT by RitchieAprile (my French needs no pardoning..)
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To: RitchieAprile

:’) Rome Depot... nice how that rolls out...


5 posted on 09/22/2012 11:45:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

This is why Greece fell into bankruptcy. Can you imagine a job where you get to scuba in the Med for sunken treasure at your leisure? Are they hiring?


6 posted on 09/23/2012 3:14:36 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SunkenCiv
The 27th. chapter of Acts gives one the best accounts of a merchant grain ship encountering a storm and running aground. and it's well known passenger, Paul.
7 posted on 09/23/2012 5:30:36 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: SunkenCiv

For the last time, I wasn’t “at the wheel” of any of the vessels!

No one took pictures!

You can’t prove anything!


8 posted on 09/23/2012 5:36:37 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel; Darksheare

Darks? Izat you?


9 posted on 09/23/2012 8:24:08 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1342 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Altariel; null and void

Wasn’t me either!
[You get blamed for odd things too?]


10 posted on 09/23/2012 12:27:03 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare; Altariel

Don’t just stand there, invite Altariel over to the Undead Thread...


11 posted on 09/23/2012 12:42:05 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1342 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: 1010RD

Yeah, this long-delayed dive is why Greece is bankrupt, sure. :’)


12 posted on 09/24/2012 6:15:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Altariel; null and void; Darksheare

I wasn’t suspicious before, but now...


13 posted on 09/24/2012 6:17:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: count-your-change

The giant grain-haulers of Roman times were not Rome’s only large ships — the ancestors of the Dravidians wrote poetry referencing the wonderful ships of the westerners, arriving in India to trade — but the grain-haulers were often the method of choice for travellers coming home from the east, because they had roomy decks and didn’t pitch as much. Lucian included info about one of the grain haulers which had to put in at the Piraeus of Athens, a port which had once serviced smaller but still large grain haulers in the heyday of Greece.

Works of Lucian, Vol. IV: The Ship: Or, The Wishes
http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/luc/wl4/wl407.htm


14 posted on 09/24/2012 6:28:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you. The shipping business was both hazardous and profitable and anyone who has been out on the sea can appreciate the courage of those ancient sailors.


15 posted on 09/24/2012 6:34:47 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Pristine Wrecks” - great name for a garage band...


16 posted on 09/25/2012 2:17:15 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: SunkenCiv; Altariel; null and void

We both deny being the wheelman in the pilothouse the night Sidebar’s boat went down.


17 posted on 09/25/2012 6:32:45 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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