In 1901, sponge divers uncovered the remains of a 2100-year-old shipwreck. Due to the vicinity of the Antikythera island in the area and because any record of the ship’s actual name was lost in time, the wreckage would come to be known as the Antikythera shipwreck.
As archaeologists searched the sands of the wreck, which had not been moved or touched for millennia, they found incredible ancient works of art. The fine sands had preserved them well and the Antikythera shipwreck was regarded as a treasure trove of ancients knowledge.
Furthermore, the shipwreck was also the location where the Antikythera mechanism was found.
The mechanism was an extremely advanced feat of ancient engineering, a calculator with the intended purpose of perfectly estimating calendar dates, phases of the moons, zodiac signs in the calendar, and even lunar and solar eclipses. The Antikythera mechanism remained a mystery for almost a century until technology was able to look beyond the ancient rust, retrace its construction, and deduce its purpose.
Archaeologists and divers continue to unearth new finds in or around the Antikythera shipwreck even today. And one of these recent finds happens to be skeletal remains of a sailor who drew their last breath approximately 2,100 years ago.
Apart from the historical heritage and all the information these remains could show about the era in which the sailor lived, researchers are excited for a different reason as well. These are the oldest remains found within a shipwreck ever since DNA technology has progressed to its current stage. In other news, the recent remains of the Antikythera shipwreck sailor will be the best and truest way to test our technology to its maximum potential.
Currently, the skull, along with lower jaw and teeth, as well as several bones coming from the sailor’s arms, legs, and ribcage have been carefully dug up and collected. The excavation team believes that several other remains still lie beneath the sands waiting for excavation.
The teams will continue to carefully investigate the Antikythera shipwreck at a prudent and cautious pace. After all, so much of its legendary haul survived after being undisturbed for almost 2,100 years.