Bronze Statues

UPDATE October 2017: The team has determined the locus of the bronze sculptures on the shipwreck!

Images: Brett Seymour, EUA/ARGO

The Antikythera Shipwreck yielded fabulous life-sized bronze statues, several dating from the Hellenistic period. All of the statues came to the surface in pieces; some were more complete than others. Did the ancient supercargo responsible for loading the ship take only complete statues, or did he also collect fragments? If only complete statues were loaded in the first century B.C., what happened to the rest of the statues that now only present tantalizing feet, arms, swords, and crests? Might the missing portions still rest in the sediments of the Antikythera Shipwreck?

We hoped to solve this riddle during the 2014 field season, but the answer finally came in 2017.

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All images are courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens (K. Xenikakis).
Copyright Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/Archaeological Receipts Fund.