LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Antikythera shipwreck artifact. Statue of a boy in Parian marble recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck. The Antikythera was a 60 metre luxury cargo ship that was sunk in 60 BC during a voyage from Greece to Rome and was discovered by sponge divers off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900. It is the richest shipwreck ever found, containing numerous statues, coins and other artifacts dating back to the 4th century BC. Also found was the severely corroded remnants of a device widely regard as the world's oldest known analogue computer, the Antikythera mechanism. Half of this statue was exposed to marine organisms and is eroded, but the other half is in almost perfect condition having been preserved buried in sediment in the sea bed.
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