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Return to the Antikythera Shipwreck: Marine Archaeology Goes High-Tech
30th September, 2014
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The yellow, torpedo-shaped vehicles glided through the clear Mediterranean water just 10 feet above the 2,000-year-old shipwreck on the bottom. During the weekend of September 20 the autonomous underwater vehicles made 40 long passes over the area that is home to the most famous of all ancient wrecks, the Antikythera “treasure ship,” taking its picture in detail for the first time.

Researchers are now processing the data from about 50,000 photos to create a three-dimensional photo map of the site. Even though the wreck has been visited before, this is the first mapping of it and one of only a handful of 3D maps of ancient underwater sites ever developed.

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