New, impressive ancient treasures discovered at historical Mentor shipwreck in Kythira

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
New, impressive ancient treasures discovered at historical Mentor shipwreck in KythiraChess pens, tobacco buds, vials, scallops, and even a toothbrush are some of the new findings brought to light by the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities

New, impressive finds come to light from the historical wreck of "Mentor" in Kythira island in Greece.

Chess pens, tobacco buds, vials, scallops, and even a toothbrush are some of the new findings brought to light by the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, as the Ministry of Culture and Sports announced.

The research, which is being continued for the fifth year, was carried out from July 8 to July 27, 2017. It focused on "Mentor", which sank in September 1802 in South Eastern Kythira, off the harbor of Avlemonas, while carrying part of the antiquities stolen and smuggled from the ancient monuments of Athens, by Lord Elgin's team.

"More specifically" according to the Ministry's announcement, "personal items of passengers and crew were found, such as chess pieces, coins, of which one gold (Utrecht 1756), tobacco syringes, vials, a bone horseman, musical instrument decoration, scallops and a toothbrush, as well as two metal anchor buttons, made from navy garment. Also, the front of a furniture drawer as well as a large number of fragments of everyday utensils ".

During this year's underwater excavation, a section of about 3mx2m close to the bow of the ship was investigated. "Even though the ship's hull is not well preserved, a large number of wooden pieces have been found indicating its destruction both during its first 1802-1804 wreckage and the subsequent on spot actions, as well as a considerable number of pulleys, ropes and metal objects related to the area, where one of the two masts of the ship are located", the Ministry clarifies.

The excavations were conducted by the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities with Dr. Dimitris Kourkoumelis as Director and Aris Michael and L. Mersenie as Diving Supervisors and were supported by the Kytherian Research Group, the Municipality of Kythira, Ilios Shipping Co, Mr. Stathis Trifyllis and NGO "Argo".

Just outside the harbor of Avlemonas, at 20 meters depth, a group from the Institute of Marine Archaeology found in 1980 an ancient shipwreck. It was "Mentor", the ship Lord Elgin used in 1802 to transfer the stolen Parthenon sculptures and fragments of other monuments. After the sinking of "Mentor", Lord Elgin had used free divers from Kalymnos to haul whatever they could from the precious cargo. The archaeologists’ investigation identified the remains of this effort, such as appliances and items of the crew, including a clock stopped at 1:10 or 2:05. This should be the sinking time, as Lord Elgin’s secretary writes in his diary that the ship started sinking in the early morning hours. So far they have discovered nine stone anchors, relics of shipwrecks and an abundance of articles providing important information on trade and navigation of the time.

Recent archaeological expeditions (2009, 2011-15) conducted by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities at the wreck of the brig Mentor have been focused mainly on excavating the section of the hull that is still well preserved, as well as collecting information about the passengers, the crew and the cargo of the ship. The brig, was owned by Lord Elgin and was transporting some of the antiquities and sculptures taken from the Acropolis monuments.

From the 19th to the 21st century, there have been several underwater investigations on the wreck undertaken with the aim to discover the “marble” sculptures, which, according to rumour, should still remain at the site.

The artefacts that have been discovered can be identified as objects for navigation, parts of the ship’s rigging and ornamentation, objects used for life on board, the ship’s armature, personal belongings of the passengers and crew and finally objects that possibly can be related to the shipload, such as ancient coins, Rhodian amphorae stamps, fossils, part of an Egyptian pharaonic statue and a fragmented Egyptian marble relief.

Read more here.

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinations Greek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Photo Source: Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Ministry of Culture and Sports

Source: mononews.gr/kythera.gr/kcl.ac.uk

Tornos
  1. 21/08 22:03

    Europe welcomes the conclusion of the bailout program for Greece

  2. 21/08 21:34

    Amazing Aggitis cave in Northern Greek city of Drama

  3. 21/08 21:28

    Visit Greece: Swim in Ionian Sea’s crystal clear waters of Thesprotia beaches

  4. 21/08 18:20

    Greek diver campaigns to protect seahorse colony in Chalkidiki

  5. 21/08 17:58

    American Airlines to launch new daily direct Chicago-Athens connection in summer 2019

  6. 21/08 15:08

    Renewable resort: Greek island of Tilos to run on wind and solar power

  7. 21/08 15:08

    Events in museums and ancient sites at Cyclades for August full moon

  8. 21/08 13:00

    Travel report: The relaxing experience of the Greek island of Kefalonia

  9. 21/08 10:44

    “Wish Tree” on Greek island of Antipaxos becomes tourist attraction

  10. 20/08 21:13

    Hala Sultan Mosque in Larnaca not accessible to visitors on 28 August 2018

  11. 20/08 17:28

    Greek island of Chios Mastiha Shop arrives in Qatar

  12. 20/08 15:54

    Magical time-lapse of Perseid meteor shower

  13. 20/08 15:06

    Greek Culture Minister calls for new talks on Parthenon Marbles return

  14. 20/08 14:41

    Report: Why Porto Heli in Greece attracts the rich every summer

  15. 20/08 14:40

    Moscovici: Conclusion of ESM programme by Greece marks historic moment

  16. 20/08 13:32

    Coca-Cola launches new bottle inspired by Minoan civilization of Crete

  17. 20/08 12:27

    16th European Gastronomy & Wine Congress in Athens on October 19-21

  18. 20/08 11:22

    Trips of Cyprus' residents abroad grow by 9.8% in July

  19. 20/08 10:13

    Picturesque Leipsi island off Patmos becomes popular wedding destination

  20. 18/08 20:30

    “Take a picture, not a pebble” campaign to save Lalaria beach on Skiathos island

  21. 18/08 20:26

    CTO: July 2017 – July 2018 best 12 months in history of tourism in Cyprus

  22. 18/08 18:22

    TUI, Fraport, HATTA report positive figures for Greek tourism in 2018

  23. 18/08 17:17

    Greek lighthouses open to the public on Sunday for ILLW weekend 2018

  24. 18/08 16:11

    More than half a million tourists in Cyprus in July 2018

  25. 18/08 15:04

    Greek island of Corfu making strides toward wheelchair-friendly beaches

  26. 18/08 14:00

    E-platform for short-term rentals in Greece ready by end-August: Tax official

  27. 18/08 12:55

    Cyprus monuments and ancient sites open to public on the evening of August 26

  28. 18/08 11:46

    Greek Culture Minister: Film permits for ancient sites to speed up under upcoming law

  29. 18/08 11:36

    Monica Belucci enjoys summer vacation on Greek islands of Mykonos and Paros

  30. 16/08 18:06

    AP: Endangered green and loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus

  31. 16/08 17:58

    New York Euripides Summer Festival presented production of "Suppliants"

  32. 16/08 17:52

    New Study: Santorini island volcano erupted after 1600 BC

  33. 16/08 16:24

    Important finds in Amarynthos of Evia In Greece confirm sanctuary belonged to Artemis

  34. 16/08 14:55

    Shipping Ministry triples outlay for port improvements across Greece

  35. 16/08 14:24

    Religious Tourism: How Greece celebrates Dormition of Virgin Mary

  36. 16/08 11:57

    Ancient Pafos Acropolis explored by Cyprus University excavations at citadel in site of Kouklia

  37. 16/08 10:51

    Greek budget records primary surplus of €2.087 billion in January-July

  38. 14/08 20:50

    Beijing municipality delegation to visit Greek port of Patras

  39. 14/08 19:44

    Religious Tourism: Panagia Fidiotissa church in Greek island of Kefalonia

  40. 14/08 17:59

    Travel report: Avoid the crowds on these tranquil Greek islands

  41. 14/08 17:16

    ‘Russian Onassis’ Dmitry Rybolovlev enjoys dinner on Mykonos island (video)

  42. 14/08 17:15

    Greek PM: e-ticket for ancient sites and museums a key change for culture

  43. 14/08 16:08

    Employment flow performance improves in Greece between January-July thanks to tourism

  44. 14/08 15:08

    Freight carriers eye domestic rail network in Greece

  45. 14/08 14:02

    TUI to bring 2.8 million tourists to Greece this year

  46. 14/08 13:59

    New companies in Greece can set up in as little as 18 minutes

  47. 14/08 12:55

    Virtuoso: Greece among top-7 luxury destinations of American tourists in 2018

  48. 13/08 21:52

    More than 300 flights to and from Cyprus' airports on 19th August

  49. 13/08 21:37

    Corfu: 1st International Conference of Diaspora Greeks with Ionian descent

  50. 13/08 21:23

    Perseid meteor shower illuminates skies over Greece

  51. 13/08 20:11

    Greek tennis star Tsitsipas rises to No 15 in world ranking

  52. 13/08 18:57

    Greek tax authorities launch “Receipt, Please” campaign for tourists

  53. 13/08 16:30

    Religious Tourism: Holy Monastery of Panagia Kera in Greek island of Crete

  54. 13/08 14:21

    The 10 countries in the world with the smallest population

  55. 13/08 12:16

    Archaeologists discover sunken Ancient Greek ship in Black Sea

  56. 13/08 10:11

    Real Estate: Building activity rises up 17.6% across Greece in May

  57. 12/08 21:05

    Canada’s biggest Street Festival in Greektown over weekend

  58. 12/08 20:58

    Gambling Tourism: Mont Parnes and Hyatt Regency post improved results in H1 2018

  59. 12/08 20:45

    Greek national film office network in public investment program

  60. 12/08 19:05

    Greek summer season peaks ahead of August 15th celebration

  61. 12/08 15:51

    8th Greek Student Film Festival in Australia seeking new entries

  62. 12/08 11:37

    Turkish lira drops further as President Trump announces United States tariffs

  63. 10/08 22:20

    European Central Bank will revoke waiver for Greek banks

  64. 10/08 22:15

    Pythagoreion Theater on Greek island of Samos hosts Young Artists Festival

  65. 10/08 21:58

    Higher turnover and passenger numbers for Fraport Greece in H1 2018

  66. 10/08 20:03

    Global passenger arrivals in Greek airports up strongly in first seven months of 2018

  67. 10/08 18:35

    Mysterious objects that have intrigued archaeologists for centuries (video)

  68. 10/08 18:24

    Greek exports rise by impressive 24.8% reaching 3 billion euros

  69. 10/08 18:10

    New York Times: Lesser known Greek white wines to savor

  70. 10/08 14:17

    Infographic: Which countries give the most paid vacations in the world

  71. 10/08 12:08

    Thessaloniki firm adds real gold to Greek Olive Oil (video)

  72. 10/08 10:55

    Precious 2,200 year-old gold earring from Hellenistic era discovered in Israel

  73. 09/08 19:44

    Pebble mosaic dating to 4th century BC discovered in Greek city of Arta

  74. 09/08 19:28

    Religious Tourism: Panagia Episkopi, the oldest church on Santorini island

  75. 09/08 18:57

    Greek scientist and researchers discover cause of Santorini volcano eruption

  76. 09/08 18:37

    Greek Epirus Village of Lia memorialized by Gage gets Art museum

  77. 09/08 17:04

    Turkey to extend Booking.com ban to Airbnb, Expedia, Skyscanner and more

  78. 09/08 16:37

    Concert for Manos Eleftheriou on August 29 to benefit wildfire victims

  79. 09/08 13:19

    Greek ferry company Minoan Lines drops plastic straws

  80. 09/08 12:08

    Gateway to Greek Olive Oil celebrates 2nd anniversary

  81. 09/08 11:47

    Report: Wild party for the rich and famous on Greek island of Mykonos

  82. 09/08 10:00

    TUI Group expects double-digit earnings growth also for 2018

  83. 08/08 20:26

    Russian tourist arrivals to Greece to grow by more than 5% this year

  84. 08/08 20:02

    Ryanair cancels 250 flights to/from Germany on August 10 due to strike

  85. 08/08 19:51

    Tax inspections on Mykonos lead to local businesses' shutdowns

  86. 08/08 19:07

    First private naval high school to open on Greek island of Chios in September

  87. 08/08 19:06

    US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt tours and lauds Greek island of Hios

  88. 08/08 18:20

    Travel guide: Six top reasons to visit Greek city of Thessaloniki this summer

  89. 08/08 17:47

    Creative workshops for children at Athens and Epidaurus festival

  90. 08/08 17:11

    #Greece is the most popular hashtag on Instagram

  91. 08/08 16:05

    Religious Tourism: Miraculous Monastery of Panagia Malevi in Peloponnese, Greece

  92. 08/08 15:21

    New flight to link Greek island of Lesvos with Turkish port of Izmir

  93. 08/08 14:48

    Two Greek museums compete for Europe’s Best in Short Film Awards (video)

  94. 08/08 12:42

    Emirates Airlines marks 10th anniversary of A380 operations

  95. 08/08 10:25

    Report: The top-5 aphrodisiac foods preferred by Ancient Greeks

  96. 07/08 22:43

    Canvas Holidays: Nissi Beach In Cyprus among world’s best beaches

  97. 07/08 22:35

    Cretans share funny trailer to entice tourists to run in Half Marathon 2018 (video)

  98. 07/08 21:59

    Real estate companies invest in Greek tourism property market

  99. 07/08 21:11

    Russian Embassy in Athens: Greece among top choices for Russian tourists

  100. 07/08 20:36

    Greek tax inspectors move on to Paros, Santorini and Rhodes after Mykonos