Undersea excavators revisit the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered.
Ancient tableware, lead anchors and a giant bronze spear have been recovered during an expedition to the 2,000-year-old Antikythera shipwreck in Greece.
The treasure-filled sunken shipwas first discovered more than a century ago. Now, undersea excavators who are revisiting the wreck say it actually covers a much bigger area than expected.
“The evidence shows this is the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered,” Brendan Foley, a marine archaeologist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, said in a statement. “It’s the Titanic of the ancient world.” [In Photos: Mission to 2,000-Year-Old Antikythera Shipwreck]
Over the past few weeks, Foley and his colleagues used a suite of high-tech equipment — they even tested a semi-robotic Exosuit for diving — to explore the famed Antikythera wreck.
The ship, heavy with luxury goods, likely sank sometime between 70 B.C. and 60 B.C. on its way from Asia Minor west to Rome. Sponge fishermen found the wreck in 1900 off the coast of Antikythera, a small Greek island with sheer cliffs positioned along an ancient shipping route. The items those first divers salvaged at the time were sensational: bronze and marble statues of heroes and horses, jewelry, furniture, glassware and the Antikythera mechanism, a complex astronomical calculator. But exploring the site at the time, 180 feet (55 meters) below the surface, proved dangerous. One diver died of the bends and two were left paralyzed, according to WHOI.
Jacques Cousteau revisited the Antikythera wreck decades later and pulled up even more tantalizing objects. To find out what else might be buried beneath the seafloor, Foley and his partners at the Greek Ministry of Culture launched a mission, dubbed the “Return to Antikythera.” Their first excavation season of the mission lasted from Sept. 15 to Oct. 7.
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And Marvel just keeps ’em coming. Early next year will see the release of yet another new series featuring a female lead as the alternate reality version of Gwen Stacy, aka Spiderwoman, will get her own book (in this world, Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider, rather than Peter Parker). The buzz thus far from her ONE appearance (in Edge of Spiderverse #2) has been overwhelmingly positive (hell, the buzz from when her character was first announced was of teh good). Plus, just look at her bad-ass costume:
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Because absolutely NO ONE asked for it, we’re gonna get a modern Lost In Space boobtube series.
Deadline is reporting that Legendary is now pushing to resurrect Lost in Space for the 21st century, with Kevin Burns (who owns the rights to the original series) onboard as an executive producer for Synthesis Entertainment, and Dracula Untold screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless onboard to script the pilot. That makes Lost in Space the latest instance of Legendary reuniting with a past collaborator (or, in this case, collaborators), with the studio having also hired Godzilla writer Max Borenstein to pen both the Godzilla sequel and the upcoming King Kong origins film Skull Island, and re-teamed with Guillermo del Toro for next year’s haunted house feature Crimson Peak and the upcoming Pacific Rim 2.
I wonder if it will be a sea of white faces this time around…
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Guardians of the Galaxy was not a concept I ever thought Marvel would bring to the big screen. But not only did it come to pass, it did hella good ($323.4 million domestic). So well that it’s getting a sequel in 2016. Before that comes to pass however, like many successful movie properties, they’re getting an animated tv show. Here’s the trailer:
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