Even more exciting for researchers are hints they’ve found at least seven more bronze sculptures yet to be unearthed.
Since its discovery by Greek sponge divers in 1900, the wreck has yielded grand relics from the Classical era, including marble statues of ancient gods and other antiquities.
In 1976, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the CALYPSO crew journeyed to the wreck and recovered nearly 300 objects, including skeletal remains of the passengers and crew.
These are the first to come from the site, however, since detailed mapping was done of the area in 2014.
A curator with Los Angeles’ J. Paul Getty museum put the find in perspective for The New York Times.
“Say you discovered there are another seven Leonardo [DaVinci] paintings that no one knew existed and the prospect of finding them is dangling before your eyes,” Kenneth Lapatin explained. “That’s what this is like for classical archaeologists and those who study ancient Greek and Roman art.”
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