Greek archaeologists find possible sea route in the Dodecanese

Greek archaeologists find possible sea route in the Dodecanese

Greek underwater archaeologists found in the first investigation in waters of the kasos island (Dodecanese) five shipwrecks from various historical periods, as announced on Monday by the Ministry of Culture, which indicate the possible existence of an old sea route.

«The variety of shipwrecks and objects that are at the bottom of the sea makes us think that it was a maritime route practiced from ancient times to modernity, but to draw definitive conclusions we will have to wait for the results of next year's investigation “Said archaeologist Xanzí Aryiri, one of those responsible for the investigation.

Aryiri added that all shipwrecks were found shallow, maximum ten meters. In one of the shipwrecks archaeologists found several amphorae of four different types, small ceramic containers, parts of jars and five stone anchors in the shape of a pyramid.

From the study of the amphorae it follows that the shipwreck dates from the end of the 4th century BC. or from the beginning of the third century BC.

In another shipwreck they were found amphoras made on the island of Rhodes in the 1st century BC. In the third the archaeologists found Byzantine ceramics, mainly jugs, dated between the 8th and 10th centuries. The fourth shipwreck dates from the 19th century, while for the fifth, which transported construction material, the period to which it belongs has not yet been determined.

Also, archaeologists found at a depth of three to five meters, the remains of a possible ancient pier.

"We must wait until the geological investigation next year allows us to know with certainty what kind of structure it is and why it sank into the sea," explained Aryiri.

In addition to the shipwrecks, there are scattered remains of pottery, iron cannons and various anchors from the Byzantine and modern times at the bottom of the sea. Archaeological research will continue for the next two years.

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