Fishermen pulled up ancient statue

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Posted by Greeka on 19 Mar 2009

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A headless part of a bronze statue was found yesterday morning by local fishermen in the sea area between Kalymnos and Kos. The statue was caught in their nets and when the fishermen pulled it up, they handed it over to the Port Authority. "Not once did we thing to keep it", said proudly the captain of the boat.

The statue, which dates to the 3rd century B.C, is only a chest and has no head. It has one hand raised and the other on the waist, while its height is 1,60 m. Archaeologists believe that it represented a soldier and probably a charioteer.

The Port Authorities of Kalymnos have called the Marine Archaeology Service of Athens to take this statue, which is believed to be of great historical importance, and to preserve it.

Last year, the head and the legs of another bronze statue of the 4th century B.C. were found by fishermen again, while in 1995 a bronze statue of a woman had been pulled up. These facts make archaeologists believe that the area around Kalymnos is rich in ancient shipwrecks.

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