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  • Wearable submarine to hunt for 2000-year-old computer

    06/06/2014 10:06:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 04 June 2014 by | Mark Harris
    Like an underwater Iron Man, a diver will fly around the wreck of an ancient Greek ship later this year, looking to shed light on the Antikythera mechanism THE world's most advanced robotic diving suit is getting ready to help search for one of the world's oldest computers. Called Exosuit, the suit has a rigid metal humanoid form with Iron Man-like thrusters that enable divers to operate safely down to depths of 300 metres (see photo). Though designed for diving in the bowels of New York City's water treatment plants, earlier this month it underwent its first trials in seawater...
  • Greek Island of Santorini Volcano Erupted in 16th Century

    03/22/2014 4:46:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | March 8, 2014 | Abed Alloush
    According to a recent international study, the volcano of the island Santorini, Greece, erupted in the 16th century BC and not earlier. The survey characterized a number of research studies that took place in the past and have indicated that Santorini's volcano may have erupted a century earlier, as unreliable because the method based on tree-ring measurements that they used, could not provide them with accurate results. An international team of researchers led by Paolo Cherubini from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) has demonstrated in the scientific journal Antiquity, that this method cannot provide...
  • Experts Prepare Excavation on Greek Island

    01/09/2006 9:36:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 344+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/9/06 | Nicholas Paphitis - ap
    ATHENS, Greece - British and Greek archaeologists are preparing a major excavation on a tiny Greek island to try to explain why it produced history's largest collection of Cycladic flat-faced marble figurines. Artwork from barren Keros inspired such artists as Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore but also attracted ruthless looters. Now experts are seeking insight into the island's possible role as a major religious center of the enigmatic Cycladic civilization some 4,500 years ago. Excavations will run April through June. "Keros is one of the riddles of prehistoric archaeology," said Peggy Sotirakopoulou, curator of the Cycladic collection at the Museum...
  • Shattered clues for solving Greek island's riddle

    12/28/2006 9:49:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 359+ views
    CNN ^ | December 26, 2006 | Associated Press
    Unlike its larger, postcard-perfect neighbors in the Aegean Sea, Keros is a tiny rocky dump inhabited by a single goatherd... more than half of all documented Cycladic figurines in museums and collections worldwide were found on Keros. Now, excavations by a Greek-British archaeology team have unearthed a cache of prehistoric statues -- all deliberately broken -- that they hope will help solve the Keros riddle... British excavation leader Colin Renfrew now believes Keros was a hugely important religious site where the smashed artwork was ceremoniously deposited.
  • Excavations reveal remains of a Turkish bath in Aegean province

    06/23/2013 5:40:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Hurrriyet Daily News ^ | Sunday, June 22, 2013 | Anatolia News Agency
    The remains of a 1,500-year-old thermal Turkish bath (hamam) have been uncovered during an excavation of a thermal tourism center in the Aegean province of Denizli. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey’s Housing Development Administration (TOKI) is continuing an urban transformation for the thermal tourism center in the Karahayıt province of Denizli. The excavations in the settlement area started two months ago. There were two different constructions found in the same area. One is a Turkish bath with circular architecture and the other is a thermal structure. Governor Abdülkadir Demir, who was investigating the area, said that...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Antikythera Mechanism

    01/19/2013 9:15:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | January 20, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is it? It was found at the bottom of the sea aboard an ancient Greek ship. Its seeming complexity has prompted decades of study, although some of its functions remained unknown. X-ray images of the device have confirmed the nature of the Antikythera mechanism, and discovered several surprising functions. The Antikythera mechanism has been discovered to be a mechanical computer of an accuracy thought impossible in 80 BC, when the ship that carried it sank. Such sophisticated technology was not thought to be developed by humanity for another 1,000 years. Its wheels and gears create a portable orrery...
  • Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found

    10/04/2012 5:39:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday 2 October 2012 | Jo Marchant
    In 1900, Greek sponge divers stumbled across "a pile of dead, naked women" on the seabed near the tiny island of Antikythera. It turned out the figures were not corpses but bronze and marble statues, part of a cargo of stolen Greek treasure that was lost when the Roman ship carrying them sank two thousand years ago on the island's treacherous rocks. It was the first marine wreck to be studied by archaeologists, and yielded the greatest haul of ancient treasure that had ever been found. Yet the salvage project – carried out in treacherous conditions with desperately crude equipment...
  • Pakistani 'admits to' brutal attack on Greek teen

    08/05/2012 4:45:43 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Sunday August 5, 2012 (20:59)
    A 21-year-old Pakistani national who has allegedly admitted to a brutal assault on a 15-year-old girl on Paros last month faced a prosecutor on the Aegean island on Sunday. The Pakistani admitted to attacking the girl after a second test of his DNA matched a sample taken from the victim, a police spokesman said. The 21-year-old allegedly told police that he had seen the girl sitting on rocks on the Chrysi Akti beach and had tried to steal her cellphone. When she resisted he beat her head against the rocks until she passed out, Skai understands. According to state television...
  • Atlantis: The Evidence [ Thera, Crete, the usual modern myths ]

    05/20/2012 5:46:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    Watchumentary ^ | January 1st, 2011 | BBC, Timewatch, Natalie Maynes, Bettany Hughes
    In this Timewatch special, historian Bettany Hughes unravels one of the most intriguing mysteries of all time. She presents a series of geological, archaeological and historical clues to show that the legend of Atlantis was inspired by a real historical event -- the greatest natural disaster of the ancient world. She is tracing the origins of the Atlantis myth and presenting evidence that the Thera eruption inspired Plato's account of the mystical land. 2,400 years ago Greek philosopher Plato wrote of an ancient island civilization of unparalleled wealth and splendor, which was struck by earthquakes and floods and was swallowed...
  • Turkey Capable of Building Own Navy

    05/08/2012 8:41:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 7 May 2012 | mit Enginsoy
    Turkey capable of building own navy ANKARA - Hrriyet Daily News Turkey has the capacity to produce 70 to 80 percent of all of its own naval needs and parts, expect for submarines, says a senior procurement official Turkeys shipbuilding industry has come to a level where it can produce all of its navy needs or parts with the exception of submarines and engines one senior procurement official said at the weekend. Among our armed forces, probably the most developed is the navy, the official said. We can produce 70 or 80 percent of all [naval] needs. The...
  • [Islamic Apartheid, Turkey] Non-Muslims not allowed to buy property...

    04/03/2012 3:19:40 AM PDT · by Milagros · 5 replies
    today's zaman ^ | Apr. 1, 2012
    TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL Turkey’s Greek Orthodox citizens living on the island of Gökçeada (Imbros) in the north Aegean cannot buy property on the island, the Taraf daily claimed on Sunday. The issue emerged when lawyer Erhan Gökçe complained in court about officials who put up difficulties before non-Muslims on the island who want to obtain property. He first petitioned Gökçeada’s Land Registry and Cadastre Department, demanding to know why Muslims can easily buy property on Gökçeada while members of the Greek Orthodox community cannot. The Land Registry office has admitted to preventing non-Muslims from buying property, citing a National Security...
  • Now that's what I call a dive bomber: Greek fighter jet salvaged from the Aegean Sea

    06/24/2011 8:42:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 24th June 2011
    Now that's what I call a dive bomber: Greek fighter jet salvaged from the Aegean Sea By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 3:43 PM on 24th June 2011 This Mirage 2000 fighter bomber of the Greek Hellenic airforce was rescued from a watery grave after it crashed into the Aegean sea. The two-seater aircraft went down on June 9 this year after running into trouble while on an exercise with two other jets near the island of Samos. Both pilot and co-pilot were able to eject safely and were rescued before being taken to Athens Military hospital. Embarrassingly for...
  • Exploring the blue depths of the Aegean and Mediterranean

    08/04/2008 4:27:23 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 10 replies · 154+ views
    TurkishPress.com ^ | Monday, Aust 4, 2008 | By Levent Konuk
    The coasts of Anatolia are sprinkled with ancient cities whose harbours bustled with ships engaged in the thriving sea trade of the Aegean and Mediterranean. But not every ship made it safely to harbour. Many were wrecked in storms and sank with their cargoes to the seabed, and the remains of these have lain hidden on the seabed for long centuries. Wrecks of both merchant and warships each have their historical tale to relate, and are among the underwater sights that fascinate divers today. No other region of the world is so rich in sunken history as the seas around...
  • Did a Tsunami Wipe Out a Cradle of Western Civilization?

    01/15/2008 8:53:15 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 38 replies · 551+ views
    Discover Magazine ^ | 01.04.2008 | Evan Hadingham
    The effects of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004 are only too well known: It knocked the hell out of Aceh Province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, leveling buildings, scattering palm trees, and wiping out entire villages. It killed more than 160,000 people in Aceh alone and displaced millions more. Similar scenes of destruction were repeated along the coasts of Southeast Asia, India, and as far west as Africa. The magnitude of the disaster shocked the world. What the world did not know was that the 2004 tsunamiseemingly so unprecedented in scalewould yield specific clues to one of...
  • Centuries after Jason mythed the boat, another team has a go

    05/27/2007 9:23:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 414+ views
    The Age ^ | April 24, 2006 | Deborah Kyvrikosaios
    Shipbuilders with handmade tools and methods used long ago are re-creating the Argo, the legendary vessel of Jason and the Argonauts. "It's extremely laborious work," said builder Stelios Kalafatidis in the small port of Volos. "We don't have large, proper, modern tools, only our hands and wooden mallets and chisels." ...The Naudomos Institute, a group of shipbuilders and historians heading the project, is using ancient Greek tools and techniques to build the new Argo. Once the ship is ready, they plan to retrace the mythical journey. The team had to ignore everything they knew about modern boatbuilding and use the...
  • Debate Erupts Anew: Did Thera's Explosion Doom Minoan Crete?

    10/23/2003 2:47:33 PM PDT · by blam · 83 replies · 1,645+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 10-23-2003 | William J. Broad
    Debate erupts anew: Did Thera's explosion doom Minoan Crete? William J. Broad Thursday, October 23, 2003 For decades, scholars have debated whether the eruption of the Thera volcano in the Aegean more than 3,000 years ago brought about the mysterious collapse of Minoan civilization at the peak of its glory. The volcanic isle (whose remnants are known as Santorini) lay just 110 kilometers from Minoan Crete, so it seemed quite reasonable that its fury could have accounted for the fall of that celebrated people. . This idea suffered a blow in 1987 when Danish scientists studying cores from the Greenland...
  • Greek Police Seize Illegal antiquities [ Koufonissi restaurant ]

    08/12/2006 8:36:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 198+ views
    Forbes ^ | August 10, 2006, 03:04 PM | Associated Press
    Police confiscated more than 100 ancient vases and marble fragments during a raid on an Aegean Sea island restaurant, authorities said Thursday. Officers from the special antiquities squad seized dozens of complete pots - including 10 large vases used to transport wine and food - as well as a rare bronze double ax and four marble column bases, police said... Several of the antiquities had been on public display, built into the bar's walls, police said. They did not provide dating for the artifacts, but said most appeared to have been fished out of the sea.
  • Greek, Turkish Jets Collide Over Aegean

    05/23/2006 11:57:14 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 55 replies · 1,525+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | May 23, 2006
    Greek, Turkish Jets Collide Over Aegean By DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press Writer Warplanes from Greece and Turkey collided over the Aegean Sea as they shadowed each other Tuesday in disputed airspace, and officials said the Turkish pilot was rescued unhurt. There were conflicting reports on the fate of the Greek pilot. A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said the Greek pilot had died, but officials in Athens said a rescue operation was still under way. The two F-16 fighter jets collided over international waters near the island of Karpathos after two Greek jets intercepted two Turkish warplanes, military officials from both...
  • Unearthing the Treasures of the Mediterranean

    07/09/2005 2:56:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 634+ views
    Skin Diver ^ | February 2000 | Isabelle Croizeau
  • Photo Series: Persepolis, Iran - Capital of Persian Empire [History]

    08/27/2004 9:42:57 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 34 replies · 3,251+ views
    Iranian ^ | 8/27/04 | Iranian
    Cyrus the Great Cylinder, The First Charter of Human Rights By 546 BCE, Cyrus had defeated Croesus, the Lydian king of fabled wealth, and had secured control of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, Armenia, and the Greek colonies along the Levant. Moving east, he took Parthia (land of the Arsacids, not to be confused with Parsa, which was to the southwest), Chorasmis, and Bactria. He besieged and captured Babylon in 539 and released the Jews who had been held captive there, thus earning his immortalization in the Book of Isaiah. When he died in 529, Cyrus's kingdom extended as...
  • Franchthi Excavations: 17,000 Years of Greek Prehistory

    08/22/2004 8:41:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 1,232+ views
    Indiana University ^ | Last Updated 11 May 1996 | KTG
    Prehistoric Figurines from Franchthi Cave by Lauren E. TalalayFranchthi Cave has produced the second largest collection, after Corinth, of Neolithic figurines from the Peloponnese. Forty-five possible pieces came to light during excavations, and subsequent study classified 24 animal and human images unequivocally as "figurines." Of those, two are dated to the Early Neolithic, one to an Early/Middle transitional phase, eleven to the Middle Neolithic, six to the Late Neolithic and four to the Final Neolithic. This chronological distribution accords well with what is known from the rest of southern Greece where EN figurines are rare. The pattern stands in...
  • Ancient Treasure Trove Uncovered

    12/18/2002 9:37:24 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Ananova ^ | 12-18-2002
    Ancient treasure trove uncovered Archaeologists have found a 2,700-year-old temple which contains objects from across the ancient world. Gold and silver figures, jewellery and shells from throughout the Mediterranean were gathered in one place on the small Greek island of Kithnos in the Aegean Sea. The finds suggest the temple was for a female god. Many of the objects were originally from Egypt, Italy and Phoenicia which is now Lebanon and Israel. The ancient city was founded during the 10th century BC and abandoned four centuries later, said Alexander Mazarakis-Ainian, over seeing the dig. He is an associate professor at...
  • 50 Ancient Tombs Uncovered (1400BC, Crete)

    07/18/2004 1:17:56 PM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 2,126+ views
    The Australian ^ | 7-18-2004
    50 ancient tombs uncovered From correspondents in Athens July 18, 2004 ARCHEOLOGISTS have discovered 50 tombs dating back to the late Minoan period, around 1400 BC, and containing a number of artifacts on the Greek island of Crete, ANA news agency reported today. The tombs were part of the once powerful ancient city of Kydonia, which was destroyed at the time but later rebuilt. The oldest among them contained bronze weapons, jewellery and vases and are similar to the tombs of fallen soldiers of the Mycenaean type from mainland Greece, said the head of the excavations, Maria Vlazaki. The more...
  • Minoan ship to ply Greek seas for first time in 3,500 years

    07/25/2004 7:54:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 792+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | Fri Oct 3, 2003 4:41 AM ET | editors
    Since no wreck of a Minoan ship has ever been found, Apostolos Kourtis has had to start from scratch, relying on ancient drawings and using the same methods as the Minoans... With no wreck to provide a model, his four-strong team had to turn to historical sources for help. Frescos unearthed in excavations on the nearby volcanic island of Santorini proved valuable... The 17-metre long and 3.80-metre wide ship with its round-shaped trunk looks like a traditional fishing boat as it emerges in a dockyard in the Cretean city of Chania. It is due to be launched for the...
  • Greek Navy Chasing Syrian Ship, Refuses to Stop, Flees to International Waters

    01/10/2003 8:23:35 AM PST · by crystalk · 41 replies · 307+ views
    debka | 1-10-03 | debka
    Greek navy is chasing Syrian-flagged freighter Antradous I in Aegean Sea suspected of carrying illegal immigrants or illicit cargo, drugs and weapons Greece alerted sea and air forces when ship refused coast guard inspection and fled to international waters first such refusal by Mediterranean-flagged vessel, according to Greek Shipping minister Anomeritis Syrian authorities have not granted permission to intercept suspect vessel, currently sailing between south Peloponnesus and Crete