Roman shipwreck may contain more bronze secrets

Published on January 4th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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The famous Roman shipwreck where the Antikythera mechanism was discovered may yet have more secrets to reveal.

Marine archaeologists report they have uncovered new secrets of an ancient Roman shipwreck famed for yielding an amazingly sophisticated astronomical calculator. An international survey team says the ship is twice as long as originally thought and contains many more calcified objects amid the ship's lost cargo that hint at new discoveries.

At the Archaeological Institute of America meeting Friday in Seattle, marine archaeologist Brendan Foley of the Woods Hole (Mass.) Oceanographic Institution, will report on the first survey of Greece's famed Antikythera island shipwreck since 1976. The ancient Roman shipwreck was lost off the Greek coast around 67 BC,filled with statues and the famed astronomical clock.

[Full story] Story: Dan Vergano, USA Today | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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