Kythira: The findings from an archeological excavation at the wreck of the area are impressive

The country has a wealth of underwater archeological sites and there are dozens of researches that take place from time to time in our waters with amazing findings and historical data. One such survey with impressive findings was the one carried out on September 24-27 by the Ephorate of Marine Antiquities in Kythira.

It is a shipwreck of classical times, which was located only in 2019 in the Strait of Kythera – Neapolis at a depth of 222 m. The shipwreck is dated by scientists around the end of the 5th AD. until the middle of the 4th c. e.g. and seems to have reached the bottom with its keel, since the general picture of the concentration of cargo generally retains the shape of the ship.

The research concluded that the cargo of the ship consists mainly of Corfiot amphorae, secondarily amphorae of the so-called Solocha II type, with possible origin from the ancient Peparithos (Skopelos), amphorae from Chios and three pithos. In addition, a number of table vessels were found and from them a table amphora with a flat base, a panel and a fish panel and two skiffs were raised.

The two scientific teams were, on behalf of EEC, the archaeologists Dr. Theotokis Theodoulou, Head of the Crete Office of EEC, Dr. George Tsimpoukis and Dr. Stavroula Vrachionidou, Dr. Oceanography Anastasia Koukris and MD Leonidas Manousakis.

Dr. Ioannis Issaris of ELKETHE is preparing a 3D illustration of the wreck and once it is completed it will help the researchers to clarify their initial conclusions, the number of objects visible at the bottom, the size of the cargo dispersion and therefore the ship size and the possible volume of cargo.

Kythira: The findings from an archeological excavation at the wreck of the area are impressive

The Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni stated regarding the archeological findings of the shipwreck: “Our country is a developed archeological site, an archeological palimpsest. The land and the seas hide unexplored cultural treasures. “In any major project, public or private, the chances of discovering antiquities are extremely high.”

He went on to say: “In the case of the wiring project for the transmission of electricity from Kissamos to Laconia, undertaken by IPTO, a significant shipwreck of classical times was located in the Kythera-Naples strait, which was archaeologically investigated by the Ephorate of Maritime Affairs. Ministry of Culture and Sports with the valuable technical and scientific support of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research, while the cost of the research was covered by IPTO. I express my congratulations and thanks to all the contributors of the research “.

Kythira: The findings from an archeological excavation at the wreck of the area are impressive


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