Five shipwrecks have been discovered off the coast of Kasos in the Aegean sea, during the first underwater exploration mission in the area. The archaeologists-divers headed to Kassonissia and dove 12 meters below sea level, where they discovered five shipwrecks, dating back from antiquity to present date, as well as an ancient harbor.

The shipwrecks carried storage vessels, mainly amphorae, but also ceramic utensils for everyday use, such as dishes and platters. A particularly remarkable find is a shipwreck of the Late Classical period, bearing five pyramid shaped stone anchors.

From the most recent shipwrecks, a wooden hull of a ship dating from the post revolution era and a later shipwreck carrying building material, were also found.

For the first time, the remote frontier island of Kasos became the field of systematic underwater archaeological investigation, as part of a 3-year research programme (2019-2021) aiming to locate, record and study the underwater antiquitiesof a region that was a cultural crossroad and a significant seafaring centre.

The research was carried out from September 24 to October 10 2019 by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture and Sports in collaboration with the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, headed by archaeologists Dr George Koutsouflakis and Xanthi Argyri.

See here ERT’s exclusive footage from the underwater exploration mission.

SOURCES: ERT, Archaeology