Archaeologists have found skeletal remains that date back to around 65 B.C., according to a report from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The skeleton is the first recovered from the Antikythera Shipwreck since the invention of DNA studies, and could still contain DNA suitable for analysis. The bones were found in exceptional condition, buried under two feet of sand and sediment. This exciting discovery could give invaluable information on who this shipwreck victim was, providing insight into what life was like 2,100 years ago.
“Archaeologists study the human past through the objects our ancestors created,” said Brendan Foley, a marine archaeologist with WHOI. “With the Antikythera Shipwreck, we can now connect directly with this person who sailed and died aboard the Antikythera ship.”
This isn’t the first time The Antikythera Shipwreck has made headlines. The largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered, the Antikythera site has yielded a number of fascinating discoveries including the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism, which is referred to as the world’s first computer. Learn more about this landmark discovery in the following clip from The Guardian.