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Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos


Α Roman-era shipwreck, and evidence of other shipwrecks dating back to Greece’s classical and Hellenistic eras, has been discovered during the second underwater research mission off the island of Kasos, the southernmost island in the Dodecanese archipelago, according a press announcement by the Greek Culture Ministry.


Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos

Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos
Credit: Hellenic Ministry of Culture



The most remarkable find is that of a wreck of the Roman period, carrying a mixed load consisting of amphorae of the wider category of "Dressel 20" oil amphorae made in ceramic workshops in Spain, in the area of Guadalquivir (1st - 3rd century AD).


Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos

Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos
Credit: Hellenic Ministry of Culture



Amphorae of the category "Africana I", the production of which is limited to the ceramic workshops of Africa Proconsularis, and more specifically in the region of present-day Tunisia (2nd-3rd century AD) were also recovered. Based on the pottery collected and sampled, the shipwreck can be dated to between the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.


Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos

Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos

Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos
Credit: Hellenic Ministry of Culture

Three more ancient shipwrecks were identified and documented, including a shipwreck with a load of amphorae produced in the North Aegean of the Hellenistic period (1st century BC), and a shipwreck with a load of amphorae of the Classical period (5th century BC) produced in ancient Mendi (Chalcidice). Another shipwreck dates back to modern times. The research also identified and recorded a large number of individual findings. 


Source: AMNA [January 19, 2021]



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