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Current Event August 25, 2016

Shipwreck Discovery Reveals Details about Maritime Warfare of Ancient Greeks

A 2,000 year old shipwreck was discovered off the Greek Island of Antikythera. It was full of expensive items such as marble and bronze statues, gold jewelry, perfume bottles and more. It was discovered over 100 years ago, but divers and scientists have recently returned to the wreck with sophisticated diving gear to search for more artifacts. They have found what they believe is not a luxury item but a torpedo-like device made of lead. Listen to hear how the ancient writings by the Greek historian, Thucydides, helped scientists find out how this was used.

Oceans Ancient Greece

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AIR DATE: 06/28/2016

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