More Treasures Found in Wreck That Yielded Ancient 'Computer'

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September 29, 2015

The Antikythera shipwreck continues to yield archaeological treasures. Among the latest finds from the ancient wreck are a bronze chair arm, an intact amphora, and a piece of a board game.

The ship, which sunk in 65 B.C. off the coast of the island of Antikythera, has already yielded an ancient astronomical calculation device and many other treasures since its discovery in 1900.

The first modern dig at the wreck occurred in 1901, and what has come to be called the Antikythera Device was found in that year.

Subsequent expeditions have turned up ever more treasures. The most recent dive, in 2014, included high-tech exploration techniques, including three-dimensional mapping of the wreck site.

Among the more than 50 finds in that 2014 dive were two things that scientists think could have been part of an ancient throne: the arm of a bronze chair and a chiseled stone in a rectangular shape. The game piece was glass and looks something like a chess pawn. Other items found included an intact jug (right) and a piece of what is thought to be a bone flute.

The original dig, in 1900, also yielded a bronze arm, of a statue. That find convinced the Greek government to flood the area with divers and the navy.

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