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April 12, 2019

Greece opens ancient shipwrecks to scuba divers

  • Recreational diving was mostly banned until 2005, for fear that divers might loot the antiquities scattered on the seabed.
    Associated Press

    AP Photo/Elena Becatoros [enlarge]
    Ancient amphoras lie at the bottom of the sea from a 5th century B.C. shipwreck, the first ancient shipwreck to be opened to the public in Greece, near the coast of Peristera.

    STENI VALLA, Greece — Near the northern Greek island of Alonissos lies a remarkable ancient shipwreck: the remains of a massive cargo ship that changed archaeologists' understanding of shipbuilding in antiquity.

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