Marine archaeologists have recently added to the collection of valuable finds at the Elgin Marbles shipwreck. A remarkable collection of artifacts has been discovered when they were revisiting the Mentor shipwreck. Mentor was a ship that sank in 1802 near the island of Kythera in Greece while controversially transporting precious artifacts, including the world-renowned Parthenon marbles, aka the Elgin marbles, to England.
According to Greek Reporter, “marine archaeologists have discovered exquisite gold jewelry, cooking pots and other valuable ancient objects” in their most recent exploration of the famous shipwreck. Specifically, they recovered a gold ring and a pair of gold earrings. They have also added three more chess pieces to the four which were found in previous expeditions to the ship. And some cookware rounds out the most recent discovery.
Marine archaeologists explore the wreck of Mentor, Lord Elgin’s ship that sank off Kythera due to the heavy weight of the Parthenon marbles. (John Fardoulis and Alexandros Tourtas)