Ancient Greek shipwreck is transformed into an underwater museum

Hyperaxion Aug 2, 2020

This will be the first time that Greece will allow divers to visit the site.

At the bottom of the Aegean Sea, near the Greek island of Alonissos, is the Peristera wreck: a huge cargo ship carrying 4,000 amphoras – probably full of wine – when it sank in the late 5th century BC.

Ancient Greek shipwreck is transformed into an underwater museum
(Credit: Bestdivingingreece).

It was discovered in the early 1990s and will now be able to receive visits, which should take place between August 3 and October 2.

According to historians, it is the largest ship of its kind ever discovered on the seabed and has contributed to transforming our understanding of vessels of the past.

That’s because archeologists originally thought that this type of shipbuilding originated with the Romans.

However, the Peristera wreck proved the Greeks were ahead of the Romans in terms of shipbuilding techniques.

It is not yet clear what caused the shipwreck or whether further discoveries can be made at the site, as it has not been fully excavated.

Although some clues point to a fire on board, experts are not sure if that was the cause of the shipwreck.

The wood was decomposed over time, but visitors will be able to explore a vast and interesting landscape about 30 meters underwater.

The place also became home to colorful fish and sea sponges, which add unexpected colors to the site and promise to delight divers.

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