'There are very few shipwrecks of Classical times left, so it will be very important for the study of ancient shipbuilding techniques and navigation', said Dr Stella Demesticha, a Greek marine archaeologist and visiting lecturer at the University of Cyprus. 'It will add a lot to our knowledge.'
'We brought up some pieces but I don't know at the moment if we will bring up more because the expedition has ended for the time being', Demesticha
Work was due to resume in October, she
said six whole amphorae and three partly preserved ones were recovered by divers from the mid-4th century BC commercial ship, which lies at a depth of 45 metres in the area of the village Mazotos, about 2.5 kilometres from the shore.
Dr. Stella Demesticha, Visiting Lecturer of Underwater Archaeology at the University of Cyprus, in charge of the research programme, has said that the wreck lies at a depth of 45 metres and the apmphorae had to be brought to the surface for study
'We cannot be sure of its journey, nor of its destination but we believe it has passed by Chios and other islands in the Aegean around the middle of the 4th century BC and then arrived in Cyprus', she
noted that so far scientists have not located anything else in the shipwreck except amphorae, adding that the shipwreck is under guard."
The ship, dating from the fourth century B.C., is one of only a few to have been found so well-preserved, and it may shed light on the nautical and economic history of the period in the east Mediterranean, said Stella Demesticha, a University of Cyprus visiting marine archaeologist.
said researchers believe the vessel's wooden hull may be preserved under tons of sand.