Antikythera Skeleton found

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On the 31 of August 2016 the remnants of a human skeleton was discovered in a shipwreck off the island of Antikythera.  Scientists found out that it was of a man in his 20’s and he probably was under the deck when the ship sunk and he was burried then by sand preserving his bones from fish and other things that are know to decay bones.  The skeleton was 2100 years old.  The scientists left some parts of the skeleton to excavate later, what was seen was   a skull with the jaw and three complete teeth, two arm bones, two femurs and some remaining ribs.

The divers gave the pieces of the skeleton to Dr. Hannes Schroeder, an expert in ancient DNA and he said they were in great condition for being 2000 years old.  Many experts believe that the shipwreck was a trading boat that was struck by a terrible storm and the crew was below deck.  There if proof because in the first discovery of the wreck in 1900 there were many ancient treasures ranging from bronze spears to gold jewelry.  In the wreck the most intriguing object was a machine called the Antikythera Mechanism, apparently this machine is able to predict star and planet movements and astronomical events like an eclipse.  This machine was believed to be the worlds first computer.  It is believed the ship was on a route to Rome because, the Greeks weren’t really wealthy in that period.

Watching this video is amazing because you can hear the excitement of the underwater crew as the unearthed the skeleton found at the crash site. It’s an extremely rare occurrence because nearly always victims are swept away by the currents but this one must have been trapped or just ended up being buried at the site because multiple bones were found. They show iron oxide staining, and don’t appear to have fully melded together yet, suggesting someone in their 20’s. Due to the size of the leg bones they are hypothesizing a male, but have no idea on if he’d been crew, a passenger or even a slave.

To preserve them, they were placed in bags with the surrounding water before being brought up for closer examination. The oldest DNA test in history will be done on the skull to see what else can be learned about the person. Perhaps their hair or eye color, which would help determine where the ship was from (Greece, versus Rome). It’s hoped to learn more about the people of the time by this incredible discovery.