2,000-year-old human skeleton found in ancient Roman shipwreck

A human skull, including jaw and teeth, as well as the bones of arms, legs and ribs, have been excavated


News Desk September 22, 2016
Archaeologists are hoping DNA can be extracted from the bones. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/archaeologymagazine

An ancient shipwreck bearing the world’s oldest computer has discovered a 2,100-year-old skeleton on the Greek island of Antikythera in a shipwreck dating back to 65BC.

"Against all odds, the bones survived over 2,000 years at the bottom of the sea and they appear to be in fairly good condition, which is incredible," said DNA expert Dr Hannes Schroeder. Archaeologists are hoping DNA can be extracted from the bones to give an insight into the ethnicity and geographic origin of the passengers who died when their ship sank.

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A human skull, including jaw and teeth, as well as the bones of arms, legs and ribs, have been excavated while other portions of the skeleton remain embedded in the seafloor. "Archaeologists study the human past through the objects our ancestors created," team member Brendan Foley from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) said in a statement.

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"With the Antikythera Shipwreck, we can now connect directly with this person who sailed and died aboard the Antikythera ship." Antikythera, a possible grain carrier in its day, remains the largest shipwreck ever discovered after it was located by Greek sponge divers in 1900.

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A Hellenistic clockwork device called the Antikythera Mechanism, described as being an ancient computer for philosophers to divine the future, was among the intriguing artifacts recovered from the site. Researchers who examined the instrument described it as “technically more complex than any known device for at least a millennium afterwards.”


This article originally appeared on RT.

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