Five ancient shipwrecks, traces of three more and a 2500-year-old granite anchor pole from a “colossal” vessel have been found by maritime archaeologists diving off the eastern Aegean island of Levitha.
Hailed as the biggest underwater discovery in Greek waters this year, the finds were recorded by a team commissioned by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities to explore the area over the next three years.
Levitha, originally Levynthos, lies with three other small islands, Mavria, Glaros and Chinaros, on a Mediterranean trading route that thrived between the Archaic and Ottoman periods of history. The group is located between the bigger islands of Amorgos and Leros.
Over two weeks in June, the archaeologists undertook 57 group dives off Levithta’s south and west coasts, covering nearly a third of its 22-mile coastline. They based their searches on records from Greece’s Underwater Antiquities Archive and information provided by local fishermen and sponge-divers.