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Diving archaeologists find treasures in sunken ship carrying the Parthenon marbles to Britain

Egyptian statues, coins and jewelry among treasures Lord Elgin’s brig Mentor carried when the overladen ship sank off Kythera.

A trove of treasures, from ancient Egyptian statues to coins and amphorae with stamped handles, has been found inside the wreck of the Mentor, one of the ships used to transport the Parthenon marbles from Piraeus to England. The overburdened frigate sank in 1802 southwest of the island of Kythera. Even 200 years of depredation by looters failed to find all its secrets, which are now being uncovered by marine archaeologists.

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