A range of items including a flintlock pistol and a leather shoe sole are among a trove of treasure discovered in the same sunken ship that carried the Elgin Marbles.
Archaeologists working for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport have been investigating the shipwreck of the Mentor since 2011 in search of artefacts.
The sunken ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century. The Mentor sunk near the Greek island of Kythira in 1802 while transporting the marbles and other artefacts – all of which were recovered over the following two years and shipped to England on the orders of Horatio Nelson.
Underwater archaeologist, Dr Dimitris Kourkoumelis, said they found numerous items since 2011 but the goal of the study is to learn more about the ship itself.
The most recent finds include shoe soles, belt buckles, coins, chess pieces, earrings, as well as cooking utensils and other tools.
One of the objects that was found in the underwater archaeological research at the historic Mentor shipwreck that was carrying the Elgin marbles to England
A coin recovered from the wreck of the Mentor. A range of items from the period have been recovered and researchers say they ‘paint a picture’ of life onboard
Wooden cylinder with two holes. The sunken the ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century