Here Are a Few More (Full Frame) Pictures from the 2,200-Year-Old Antikythera Wreck off Greece

by Owen James Burke

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Above: an amphora has taken on a whole new life of its own. Makes you wonder whether it should stay. (Photo: Brett Seymore/Argo/Wetpixel)

The Antikythera wreck site, dated to 60-70 BC, was first uncovered by sponge divers in 1900, and would go on to yield the single greatest collection of Greek antiquities in history. It’s believed the ship was on its way to Rome from Asia Minor with its luxury cargo, which included marble statues, jewelry, furniture, glassware and much more which is yet to be found.

Excavations began soon thereafter, but the death of one archaeologist and the paralysis of two others (due to diving complications) halted the project until this past fall. Here are a few of Wetpixel photographer Brett Seymour’s select images from a more recent expedition to the site, “Return to Antikythera,” with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) Exosuit.

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(Photo: Brett Seymore/Argo/Wetpixel)

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Technical divers Phil Short and Alexandros Sotiriou examine a bronze spear at 53 meters while on decompression and prepare to recover it. (Photo: Brett Seymore/Argo/Wetpixel)

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Above: A nearly intact amphora and a bronze ring (possibly from the rigging of the vessel) (Photo: Brett Seymore/Argo/Wetpixel)

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