Thursday, October 29, 2015

Treasure Trove

Apparently, sailing past the Fourni archipelago in ancient times wasn't very safe...because archaeologists have found 22 shipwrecks there, and they suspect there are more.

Of course, the wrecks are treasure troves for archaeologists, with kinds of amphorae that haven't been found intact before. There's not much left of the ships, but plenty left of cargo that probably included olive oil, fish sauce, wine, etc. Some of the amphorae (the most interesting) may be put on display once they've been properly studied - we can now use chemical residue studies to work out exactly what the ceramic jars contained.