Found at a depth of 15 meters, these two stone anchors, believed to be from the Late Iron Age, were carefully studied using 3D photogrammetric research.
During recent underwater explorations off the coast of Syracuse, Sicily, archaeologists made an incredible discovery from the depths. The joint efforts of the Maritime Directorate of the Sicilian Region and the diving unit of the Guardia Fiscal in Messina discovered two stone anchors dating back to the period of Archaic Greece, approximately between 800 and 480 BC, writes Arkeonews.
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This discovery came about thanks to a citizen who alerted authorities to the presence of these anchors on the seabed of Syracuse. Based on this message, verification and research began, as a result of which these ancient artifacts were discovered and documented.
Found at a depth of 15 meters, these two stone anchors, believed to be from the Late Iron Age, were carefully studied using 3D photogrammetric research. Remarkably, they were found next to each other on the rocky seabed, mixed with the Posidonia plant.
The first anchor, with an ovoid shape and a distal hole, had features characteristic of ancient gravity anchors. The second anchor, a larger one with three holes, had features of both a gravity and socket anchor and was about 70 centimeters in size.
These important archaeological finds are planned to be recovered in the coming days and subsequently exhibited in a local museum.
“This type of event,” says Regional Councilor for Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity Francesco Paolo Scarpinato, “confirms the importance of cooperation between public institutions and law enforcement agencies in the protection of cultural heritage. Also of great importance is the assistance of citizens, which over the years has helped to discover numerous artifacts, with one common goal – the restoration and enhancement of our cultural heritage.”
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In addition, divers from the Maritime Directorate and the Guardia Fiscal diving unit carefully examined a large sea area of approximately 250 square meters to confirm the presence of more historical artifacts.
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