Antikythera: The Daily Gallery

Right now this is surely the dive team of the century, Their exploits will be making stories a hundred years from now – just like the original divers who found the wreck in 1900. This is the team of Greek and international divers that as of this date are excavating into the sands of Antikythera.

Front: John Fardoulis, Phil Short. Middle: Gemma Smith, Alex Tourtas, Brendan Foley,  Alexandros Sotiriou.  Back: Nikolas Giannoulakis, Ed O'Brien, Michalis Kelaidis. Phot" WHOI
Front: John Fardoulis, Phil Short.
Middle: Gemma Smith, Alex Tourtas, Brendan Foley,  Alexandros Sotiriou.
Back: Nikolas Giannoulakis, Ed O’Brien, Michalis Kelaidis. Phot” WHOI

 

Two new underwater pictures from the site today (09/06/15:

Nice photo of the water dredge in action at the Antikythera site. Note the dredge hose is pinned down with a No.10 nail so the archaeologist can gently fan sand into it. Slow going but a tribute to the care that is being taken on this important site. Photo Brett Seymour
Nice photo of the water dredge in action at the Antikythera site. Note the dredge hose is pinned down with a No.10 nail so the archaeologist can gently fan sand into it. Slow going but a tribute to the care that is being taken on this important site. Photo Brett Seymour.
Chummy decompression session above the wreck. According to John Fardoulis the dive sessions are staged so excavation work overlaps - maximizes the work. Photo: Brett Seymour
Chummy decompression session above the wreck. According to John Fardoulis the dive sessions are staged so excavation work overlaps – maximizes the work. Photo: Brett Seymour

 

 

Demetrios Kondos discovers the Greek statues on the sea bed off Antikythera Credit: http://www.lookandlearn.com/blog/12271/greek-statues-rescued-from-the-aegean/
Demetrios Kondos discovers the Greek statues on the sea bed off Antikythera Credit: http://www.lookandlearn.com/blog/12271/greek-statues-rescued-from-the-aegean/

Romantic artist’s impression of how the original discovery looked. It is not known what Kondos actually saw at the time – there was no underwater photography in 1900. Today members of the team are sending us brilliant photos taken in the crystal clear waters off the island of Antikythera. We will post as many as we can here as they arrive from the island each day. Photos are taken by project staff, general credit is WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute).

Tech Diver Jemma Smith
Tech Diver Jemma Smith


Gemma Smith photographed as she decompresses after her first dive on the Antikythera.  John Fardoulis notes that Gemma is the first female diver on the site. Phil Short (background), lead tech diver, was her buddy on the dive.

Nikolas Giannoulakis decompressing after metal detecting on the wreck -
Nikolas Giannoulakis decompressing after metal detecting on the wreck –

Nikolas Glannoulakis decompresses after metal detecting on the site. According to reports from the project, the metal detecting survey has already produced “interesting hits.”

Water dredge goes down to the wreck site.
Water dredge goes down to the wreck site.

 

 

Shot of the water dredge heading down the wreck site. Archaeologists will use this to gently remove overburden from he wreck.

Archaeologist in mixed gas rig. Not the easiest way to wield a trowel. Photo: WHOI
Archaeologist in mixed gas rig. Not the easiest way to wield a trowel. Photo: WHOI

Mixed gas rigs are complicated and burdensome.

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