Mathias Buttet, Director of R&D at Hublot, and designer of the Antikythera Mechanism watch arrived in Antikythera today, perfect timing to observe the excavation in top gear over the next few days.
Another interesting arrival was a caïque with Kalymnian sponge divers on board, who will be diving for sponges in the area this week. It was quite nostalgic talking to the guys, who have a similar vessel and use similar techniques to the sponge divers who originally found the Antikythera shipwreck in 1900.
Luxury watch maker HUBLOT is a major sponsor of the Return to Antikythera project and their support is greatly appreciated.
We’d like to thank Dr. Fotini Lata for her help this week, when team photographer Brett Seymour sustained a hand injury. She helped diagnose the injury and immobilized Brett’s hand, which assisted him in getting back in the water sooner.
It’s a shame that Fotini finishes her post in Antikythera today and we wish her the best, perhaps returning next year as team doctor for Return to Antikythera 2016.
The team has found a good rhythm and is being very productive. It takes a week to set up and then the first few days to iron out any bugs, and now we’re past those phases, the team is hitting its stride. Below is a selection of photos from today, showing the team in action.
And beneath the surface, the following video by Evan Kovacs provides insight regarding how working in water is like being in a different world.
The underwater excavation is currently in full swing, with multiple 2-3 diver teams making the most of their bottom time each day.
A very detailed map has been created for the site by an underwater robot at the beginning of summer and last year, meaning that everything retrieved from the shipwreck can be plotted on this blueprint, which helps us better understand the shipwreck by studying the spatial relationship between objects.
If you go back a few posts, an explanation was provided about how the underwater dredge works. It’s currently a major tool in helping uncover thousands of years of sand/silt/gravel. Today’s photos are by Brett Seymour.
We’ve got two new videos to view on our YouTube channel, one showing what the expedition was like yesterday, and another showcasing the M/Y Glaros, which arrived in Antikythera last night, generously provided for use during the project by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.
Lots of very high quality photos have been taken so far, and hours of inspiring video has been filmed, we’ll endeavour to share more over the coming days.
The first dives of the expedition took place on the Antikythera shipwreck today, setting up mooring and safety lines at various depths, so that the boats can be safely positioned above the site, protecting it and also providing a safe operating environment for divers to work and decompress.
Datum lines were also established to help orientate research activities this season. The level of excitement has increased with the site now ready for work, after spending the last week setting up the tonnes of equipment needed for the project.
Stay tuned for insight from one of the most exciting underwater excavations in the world.