In later times, pirates were drawn to the Fournoi by the abundant flow of vessels laden with rich cargo.
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Archaeologists in Greece have discovered at least 58 shipwrecks, many laden with antiquities, in what they say may be the largest concentration of ancient wrecks ever found in the Aegean and possibly all of the Mediterranean. The wrecks lie in the small island archipelago of Fournoi, in the Eastern Aegean, and span a huge period from ancient Greece all the way through to the 20th century. Although shipwrecks can be seen together in the Aegean, until now such a large number have not been found together.The foundation is collaborating on the project with Greece's Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, which is conducting the research.When the international team began the underwater survey in 2015, they were astounded to find 22 shipwrecks that year. The team has raised more than 300 antiquities from the shipwrecks, particularly amphorae, giving archaeologists rare insight into where goods were being transported around the Mediterranean.
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