In September 2023, the eighth research period of the Archaeological Research in the Fournoi Korseon, conducted by the University of Thessaly and the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture, was completed. The research, focused on the excavation of a shipwreck of the early Byzantine period (5th-6th century AD) that has been located at Cape Aspros Kavos, in one of the most inaccessible areas of Fournoi, on a steeply sloping, sandy seabed and at a depth of 43-49 meters.

This wreck has been systematically excavated since 2021 and has been selected for intensive investigation, due to the extremely interesting heterogeneous cargo it carries. So far, eight different types of amphorae have been recorded, coming from Crimea, Sinope and Heraclea of Pontus, in the Black Sea, as well as from the Aegean, and a complementary cargo of tableware from the Phocaea region of Asia Minor.

An equally important parameter of the research was the training of nine undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Thessaly in the methods and practices of archaeology, gaining significant experience for their professional training and subsequent development. The general direction of the research was provided by the assistant professor of underwater archaeology at the University of Thessaly, George Koutsouflakis, and the archaeologist of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Dionysios Evangelistis. The research was accompanied by a staff of 30 divers from different specialties (archaeologists, architects, archaeological conservators, professional divers, photographers, students).

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