IPTO Brings Ancient Shipwreck Near Kythera to Light

November 11, 2021

ATHENS – A unique shipwreck of the classical era was revealed during the marine survey carried out by the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) in Kythera, within the framework of the construction of Crete-Peloponnese subsea interconnection.

According to the preliminary results of the research conducted by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR),  with funding from IPTO, the shipwreck which was located at a depth of 222 meters (about 728 feet), dates from the end of the 5th to the mid-4th century BC.

Amphoras originating from Corfu, Skopelos and Chios were identified in the cargo deck of the sunken ship, a fact that indicates developed commercial activity in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea. The completion of the three-dimensional imaging of the shipwreck, which is in progress, is expected to give an even clearer view of the size of the vessel and the volume of its cargo.

In order for the findings of the archaeological treasure to be showcased and utilized in the best possible way for the benefit of society, IPTO has made known its intention to support possible initiatives for the collection and exhibition of the findings, at the discretion of the competent authorities.

With this contribution, the Operator reaffirms the dimension of its projects related to the public benefit as well as the multiple advantages these bring to the society and the environment, with respect to the history and tradition of the country.

The mission of the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) is to supply Greece with power in a reliable, efficient and environmentally-friendly manner, while promoting the development of free competition in the country’s electricity market.


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