After an underwater archaeological expedition just outside of Fourni, an Aegean Sea Island, archaeologists were able to confirm that this island was a very important trade center for the Aegean Sea. A team of archaeologists from Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities has just completed an expedition in the Aegean Sea where they found 23 sunken ships along with various types of artifacts such as pottery, and anchors suggesting the great importance of this trade route because of its geographic location. Other finds also included Koan amphorae, Sinope amphorae and Aegean amphorae. This type of survey can be considered maritime archaeology or possibly nautical archaeology because it is an investigation of not only ships but of sunken ships underwater. This type of archaeological expedition adopted more of a processual approach through its hypothesis testing. Before they had found these 23 ships, 22 sunken ships had been found last year when the archaeologists had hypothesized that this island was a major trade center for the Aegean Sea. Going on this new expedition was a way of testing their hypothesis and the finding of 23 more ships only strengthens their assumption. This type of hypothesis testing is characteristic to processual archaeology which aims to explain the how and why of archaeological finds.
“Another 23 shipwrecks located off the Greek island of Ikaria”
Published: 12 July 2016
Accessed: 14 July 2016
Source: Archaeology News Network