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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Creation of National Marine Antiquities Museum planned

   Substantial underwater antiquities and other finds brought to light in the Aegean in exploration that is continuing full swing despite the economic crisis will be housed in a new National Marine Archaeology Museum after suitable premises are found, according to the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.
   The creation of such a museum was recently approved after pending for 34 years, and the search is on for a suitable space to house it in the area of Piraeus or nearby Faliron, Department of Underwater Archaeology director Dr. Angeliki Simosi told ANA-MPA.

   The department was set up after explorations conducted by the late French explorer and oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau in the Aegean, and archaeologists and researchers have since then brought to the surface significant artifacts of the country's "submerged history".
   Among the finds are a quantity of 18th century BC gold coins discovered in 2007 off the port of the island of Rhodes, a Classical Era shipwreck off Peristera, Alonissos Island, indicating that ships above 100 tons were being built in antiquity, a 1st century BC statue discovered off Kalymnos island and, more recently, two more shipwrecks off Agaloudes, on Oinousses island.

More: ANA-MPA

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