Wednesday 7 September 2011

The "Mentor"

From July 6th - 15th 2011 a team from Greece’s Department of Underwater Antiquities, under the direction of archaeologist Dr. Dimitris Kourkoumelis, conducted maritime archaeological excavations on the historic Mentor shipwreck in the South of Greece, just off the island of Kythera.

The brig Mentor was carrying 17 cases of Parthenon sculptures when it sank at the entrance of the port of Avlemona in September 1802.

Earlier investigations into the wreck had been initiated by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1975), the Institute of Underwater Archaeology (1980) and the Department of Underwater Antiquities (2009).

Mentor Shipwreck page