Largest find of ship­wrecks in the Mediter­ranean in­ten­si­fies

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Ma­rine ar­chae­ol­o­gists have un­cov­ered an un­prece­dented find of 58 ship­wrecks in just one area in Greece. It is the largest such find in the his­tory of the Mediter­ranean and is ex­pected to be­come one of the most im­por­tant ma­rine ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury.

The wrecks lie off a small ar­chi­pel­ago of Fournoi in the Aegean Sea and date from An­cient Greece to mod­ern times. This is now a re­mote group of is­lands, but in the past they were lo­cated on ma­jor trade routes and were a haven for ships on long jour­neys. Fournoi is made up of 20 islets and reefs near the bet­ter­known tourist is­land of Samos. Some 1,500 peo­ple live on the main is­land and they are mainly fish­er­men.

Ex­perts be­lieve that the wa­ters in the area are very sus­cep­ti­ble to sud­den wind storms, which make them par­tic­u­larly treach­er­ous, hence the rea­son for so many wrecks in this area. Al­ter­na­tively, they could have fallen prone to pi­rates who are known to have op­er­ated in the area.

The trea­sure trove of ves­sels was found by a group of in­ter­na­tional ma­rine ar­chae­ol­o­gists who are part of the Fournoi Sur­vey Project, which is work­ing with the Ephor­ate of Un­der­wa­ter An­tiq­ui­ties.

The team was able to make so many dis­cov­er­ies be­cause of in­for­ma­tion from sponge fish­er­men who are very fa­mil­iar with the lo­cal wa­ter.

Am­phorae spill out on to the se­abed from one of the ship­wrecks

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