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Roman-Era Shipwreck Discovered Off Greece’s Kassos Island

Roman-era Shipwreck
Amphorae are lived up from the sea floor at the shipwreck discovered recently off the Greek island of Kassos. Credit: AMNA

Α Roman-era shipwreck, and evidence of other shipwrecks dating back to Greece’s classical and Hellenistic eras, has been discovered in the sea off the island of Kassos, according to a Culture Ministry announcement made on Tuesday.

Kassos is the southernmost island in the Dodecanese archipelago.

According to the Ministry, the most important find associated with the recent dives is the Roman-era shipwreck, which carried amphorae classified as “Dressel 20” containing oil made in Spain in the area of Guadalquivir sometime during the first to third century AD.

Kassos Island, the southernmost island in the Dodecanese archipelago. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Amphorae from the Hellenistic Era

The spectacular find also contained “Africana I” type amphorae made at the ceramic workshops of what was known as “Africa Proconsularis,” specifically in the region of present-day Tunisia.

According to the finds, the shipwreck may date back to between the 2nd and 3rd century AD.

The underwater excavation also located and confirmed another three shipwrecks, including one carrying amphorae made in the North Aegean in the Hellenistic era during the first century BC, one carrying amphorae made in ancient Mendi during the Classical era during the 5th century BC and one that was considerably more recent.