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Human skeleton found on famed Antikythera shipwreck
nature ^ | 19 September 2016 | Jo Marchant

Posted on 09/19/2016 5:44:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Foley and the archaeologists, meanwhile, are elated by the chance to learn more about the people on board the first-century bc ship, which carried luxury items from the eastern Mediterranean, probably intended for wealthy buyers in Rome.

The skeleton discovery is a rare find, agrees Mark Dunkley, an underwater archaeologist from the London-based heritage organization Historic England. Unless covered by sediment or otherwise protected, the bodies of shipwreck victims are usually swept away and decay, or are eaten by fish. Complete skeletons have been recovered from younger ships, such as the sixteenth-century English warship the Mary Rose and the seventeenth-century Vasa in Sweden. Both sank in mud, close to port. But “the farther you go back, the rarer it is”, says Dunkley.

Only a handful of examples of human remains have been found on ancient wrecks, says archaeologist Dimitris Kourkoumelis of the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, who collaborates with Foley. They include a skull found inside a Roman soldier’s helmet near Sardinia, and a skeleton reportedly discovered inside a sunken sarcophagus near the Greek island of Syrna (although the bones disappeared before the find could be confirmed).

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: antikythera; antikytheramechanism; archaeology; godsgravesglyphs; greece; helixmakemineadouble; history; shipwreck
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1 posted on 09/19/2016 5:44:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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Were the nukes still intact?


2 posted on 09/19/2016 5:47:09 PM PDT by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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This guy?
3 posted on 09/19/2016 5:47:52 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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I’ll bite.

Who is that?


4 posted on 09/19/2016 5:49:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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Jimmy Hoffa.


5 posted on 09/19/2016 5:50:11 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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Ah. Good one!


6 posted on 09/19/2016 5:51:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

James Riddle Hoffa


7 posted on 09/19/2016 5:52:23 PM PDT by Tenega
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To: BenLurkin

He disappeared July 30, 1975 and was rumoured to be buried in the end zone of Giant Stadium.


8 posted on 09/19/2016 5:52:39 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: BenLurkin

Probably a modern day treasure hunter that got trapped in the wreck.


9 posted on 09/19/2016 5:54:08 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Apparently he knew what that darn mechanism was supposed to be used for, and had to be muffled permanent-like.


10 posted on 09/19/2016 5:54:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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"He sleeps with the fishes."

11 posted on 09/19/2016 5:56:12 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: dp0622

Those were on the B-LVIII.


12 posted on 09/19/2016 6:04:28 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: BenLurkin

I had hoped that they might find survivors.


13 posted on 09/19/2016 6:07:26 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Abortion is what slavery was: immoral but not illegal. Not yet.)
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“Decoding the Heavens” Jo Marchant — one of the best books I’ve ever read on the discovery in about 1900 of the ship off the coast of Antikythera and the treasures from circa 1 bc aboard — including the “antikythera mechanism” purported to be the first computer. Absolutely amazing.


14 posted on 09/19/2016 6:10:00 PM PDT by bunster
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To: BenLurkin

That device was a remarkable find.

I still find it hard to believe how advanced it was. Also the quality of the metal work was beyond what anyone thought possible.


15 posted on 09/19/2016 6:10:00 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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I say that mechanism was dropped onto the wreck site centuries later off a different ship. Sunken Civ disagreed


16 posted on 09/19/2016 6:14:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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The first computer programmer?

DNA will be revealing, eh?

BTW, I just read that DNA can now even be extracted from the plaque on teeth.

17 posted on 09/19/2016 6:22:43 PM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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Maybe Doctor Who made it while he was on a holiday and figured it would be a source of entertainment in later centuries as people tried to figure it out.


18 posted on 09/19/2016 6:52:59 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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To: SunkenCiv

PING


19 posted on 09/19/2016 7:06:26 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian


Blnk
20 posted on 09/19/2016 8:06:24 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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