Adding to a spate of discovered treasures from Greece's past over the last few years, marine archaeologists said they found five shipwrecks in the waters off the Greek Dodecanse island of Kasos in the southernmost part of the Aegean, dating from several historical periods.
Researchers have also found evidence for what could potentially be an ancient port facility, the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports said, reported Newsweek in a feature on the finding that revealed the genius of the ancient Greeks again, with one vessel from the late classical period that features five stone, pyramid-shaped anchors.
The team said they also uncovered several types of amphorae, characteristic pottery jugs produced by the Greeks and Romans, along with superior ceramics, an exam of which led them to date the ship to the 3d Century B.C. 2500 years ago.
The other four shipwrecks include one from the 1st Century B.C. and another from the Byzantine period—dating between the 8th and 10th Century B.C.—also contained amphorae.
The two remaining wrecks are much younger, dating to the period following the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829) against the occupying Ottoman Empire, one of which was filled with building materials.
The shipwrecks were identified over the course of 67 dives conducted this year by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities—a division of the Ministry of Culture and Sports with divers spending more than 100 hours surveying the seabed during the research, which was led by underwater archaeologist George Koutsouflakis, the magazine reported.
The ministry said that this is the first time that underwater archaeological research has been conducted in the waters around Kasos, between the islands of Crete and Lindos in what is also the East Mediterranean.
The research program is set continue until the 2021 with the aim of identifying more antiquities which the seas from Greece are continuing to reveal, giving vital clues to how the ancients lived and operated.
Aside from the shipwrecks, the archaeologists also uncovered identified several other individual items during their dives, including iron canons and anchors from the Byzantine period, the report also added.
Last year, a team of underwater archaeologists, including Koutsouflakis, announced they had discovered at least 58 shipwrecks across a small area in what may be the largest concentration of sunken ancient vessels in the region, Reuters reported.
The ships were found in the waters off the Greek Fournoi archipelago, located in the eastern Aegean and range from ancient times to the 20th Century as well.