Head of 2,000-year-old statue of Hercules found in Greek wreck, sunken WWII barge reappears in Italy, ancient Roman temples discovered in the Netherlands.
Divers in the Mediterranean have just discovered a 2,000-year-old head of Hercules inside a Greek shipwreck
While exploring the seabed off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900, a lone diver came across something astonishing as it was surreal. There, in front of him, was the massive sinking of an ancient Greek ship with the gruesome remains of its fallen crew. This discovery was so shocking that when he returned to the surface and told his captain, he was sure the nitrogen in the diver’s tank had simply made him see things. Then the captain dived in himself to check – and returned with a bronze arm from one of dozens of statues in the wreck.
Over the next 120 years, scholars have uncovered untold treasures aboard the now historic ‘Antikythera Shipwreck’, including dozens of marble statues, a bronze lyre, countless coins and pottery, and a terrifying weapon known as the ‘dolphin’, a huge bulb of lead fitted with an iron spike that could tear through an enemy ship. They even found a device that used gears to track celestial movements with such precision that experts call it “the world’s oldest computer.” And now divers exploring a previously hidden part of the wreck have found a 2,000-year-old marble head from a statue of Hercules.
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A devastating drought has just revealed a WWII shipwreck in Italy’s largest river
A terrible drought in Italy has revealed a relic lost to history – a barge that sank in Italy’s Po River during World War II.
The barge, a World War II freighter called the Zibello, once crossed the Po River to transport timber between the Atlantic Ocean and Cremona in Lombardy. It sank in 1943 following a bombardment by American forces, where it has been submerged ever since.
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Archaeologists in the Netherlands have just unearthed a 2,000-year-old Roman temple complex
Amateur archaeologists digging at a clay-mining site in the Netherlands discovered their lifelong find in late 2021 when they unearthed an almost intact Roman temple complex. Dating to the first century AD, the structures were likely used by soldiers stationed on the northern frontier of the Roman Empire.
The complex is located in the village of Herwen-Hemeling near the Roman Limes, or Germanic limesa UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a series of outposts and fortifications along what was once the edge of the empire.