The 2,200-year-old Antikythera shipwreck was first discovered by Greek sponge divers in 1900. The site would eventually yield the most significant collection of Greek antiquities in history including bronze and marble statues, jewelry, furniture, luxury glassware, and the surprisingly complex Antikythera Mechanism. Diving was suspended on the 55-meter site after one diver died and two were paralyzed from the decompression illness. Ever since, archaeologists and historians have speculated about what ancient treasures remain buried beneath the seafloor.
In the September of 2014 a team of international archaeologists and technical divers returned to the treacherous site for a project called “Return to Antikythera”. Using state-of-the-art technology they made a series of discoveries that prove much of the ship’s cargo is indeed still preserved beneath the sediment. I was fortunate to participate as the project photographer.
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