Lord Elgin’s Shipwreck Yields Impressive Discoveries
The shipwreck of Lord Elgin’s vessel — along with countless looted Greek antiquities aboard — off the coast of the Greek island Kythera in 1802, has continued to yield intriguing discoveries for underwater archaeologists.
The Greek Ministry of Culture announced earlier this year that archaeologists had recently recovered a whole host of objects from the crew and passengers of the ill-fated ship, called the “Mentor,” during underwater excavations.
Archaeologists have sifted through the wreckage of the vessel on an ongoing basis since 2009. The latest search for artifacts took place in September of 2020 under the guidance of chief underwater archaeologist Dimitris Kourkoumelis.
Most of the recent finds include clothing and commonplace items, lending a fascinating glimpse into every-day life on a ship at the beginning of the 18th century.
Additionally, many pieces of the ship’s rigging, mainly made of wood and metal, were recovered at the site of the disaster.