Skip to comments.Human skeleton found on famed Antikythera shipwreck
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 soldiers 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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Were the nukes still intact?
Who is that?
Ah. Good one!
James Riddle Hoffa
He disappeared July 30, 1975 and was rumoured to be buried in the end zone of Giant Stadium.
Probably a modern day treasure hunter that got trapped in the wreck.
Apparently he knew what that darn mechanism was supposed to be used for, and had to be muffled permanent-like.
Those were on the B-LVIII.
I had hoped that they might find survivors.
“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.
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.
I say that mechanism was dropped onto the wreck site centuries later off a different ship. Sunken Civ disagreed
DNA will be revealing, eh?
BTW, I just read that DNA can now even be extracted from the plaque on teeth.
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.
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