Divers find 45 wrecks on a Greek archipelago

24 07 2016

A dive-team found 45 lost shipwrecks on a small Greek archipelago called Fourni, located between the islands of Samos and Ikaria in the eastern Aegean Sea.

The 2016 Fourni Underwater Survey, which took place between 8 June and 2 July, was a collaboration between Greece’s Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, which provided eight scuba-divers led by Dr George Koutsouflakis, and US organisation RPM Nautical Foundation, with a team led by archaeologist Peter Campbell.

The group found 23 shipwrecks range from Antiquity to the early 19th century, but many are from a flourishing period of trade between the 3rd and 7th centuries AD. Fourni has now been declared the richest wreck location in Greece and one of the richest in the Mediterranean.

They also found pottery and anchors – two ancient examples proving to be the largest of their kind yet found in the Aegean.


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