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Bronze sculptures recovered from Antikythera shipwreck

Pieces of at least 7 bronze sculptures have been recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck site in Greece.

Marine archaeologists have recovered a bronze arm from an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where the remains of at least seven more priceless statues from the classical world are believed to lie buried.

Divers found the right arm, encrusted and stained green, under half a metre of sediment on the boulder-strewn slope where the ship and its cargo now rest. The huge vessel, perhaps 50m from bow to stern, was sailing from Asia Minor to Rome in 1BC when it foundered near the tiny island between Crete and the Peloponnese.

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Story: Ian Sample, The Guardian | Photo: Brett Seymour/EUA/ARGO 2017

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