Bronze Statue Arm Found in Antikythera Wreckage

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October 7, 2017

The encrusted fingers of a recently rediscovered statue point to greater treasures yet to come, according to archaeologists working at the famed Antikythera wreck, off the coast of the Greek island of the same name.

The ship, which sunk in 1 B.C., has revealed many treasures in its time, none perhaps more enticing and maddening than the Antikythera Mechanism, which many people think was a primitive form of computer. Initial discovery of the wreck occurred only in 1900. Since then, several expeditions have turned up notable finds, including a bronze statue called the Antikythera Youth, which now stands in Greece's National Archaeological Museum.

Much more recently, a team of divers from Greece and Sweden have been exploring the site, at times employing an underwater metal detector built for the purposes, in a newly funded endeavor. Their latest find is an intact arm that would have been part of a bronze statue onboard the ship. The archaeologists think that as many as eight other bronze sculptures are yet to be found.

Removal of massive boulders, a time-consuming process when trying not to damage the surroundings, made it easier for the team to excavate. The area was hit by a large earthquake in the 4th Century A.D., and rocks ended up on top of some of the remains of the ship.

The latest expedition also found a bronze disc the size of the wheels found in the Antikythera Mechanism; the original find did not reveal a complete device.

Also recovered have been a large slab of red marble, a silver tankard, and a human bone. 

Last year, divers found a human skeleton.

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