Archaeological diving is to resume on Greece’s deep-lying Antikythera shipwreck, following a two-year lull.
The ancient merchant ship sank around the middle of the 1st century BC, and is best-known for carrying the “Antikythera Mechanism”, described as the world’s oldest analogue computer.
The wreck was discovered by sponge-divers off the island of Antikythera in 1900, and the mechanism was found soon afterwards, but the 50m-plus depth of the wreck for a long time made systematic investigations difficult.
Over the years the wreck has yielded statues, coins and other artefacts, many of which are displayed at Athens’ National Archaeological Museum.
A report of the last excavation in Divernet in October 2017 suggested that the divers had been closing in on a prized hoard of rare bronze statues.
Although a resumption of work had been scheduled for May 2018, a new expedition has only just been announced by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which is providing its vessel Typhoon for the purpose.