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Parthenon marble wreck examined

A team of underwater archaeologists have examined the Mentor, a ship that sunk in 1802 as it was transporting the Parthenon Marbles from Greece to London.

The sculptures, part of the Parthenon collection taken and sent to England by Lord Elgin, were recovered after the ship sunk and no additional pieces were found in last month’s or in three previous explorations, the Athens-based Culture and Tourism Ministry said in an e-mailed statement today.

Three ancient coins, two silver and a bronze, were found on the wreck as well as two pistols and navigation tools used by the 10-member crew, according to the e-mail. French sea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau investigated the vessel with a team in 1975, the ministry said.

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Story: Natalie Weeks, Bloomberg | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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