Historic Byzantine Amphora Discovered by Swimmer at the Beach in Crete
An ancient amphora, which is a vase that was historically used to store and transport things such as wine, oil and grain was discovered by a man who was swimming at Arina Beach in Heraklion, Crete.
Admittedly, this is more likely if your holiday is in Crete than Gran Canaria, but it’s what happened to one man who had been swimming from his hotel beach.
When he got back inside, he looked at his photos and noticed something round and bobbing in the water. At first, he thought it could be a floating human head.
That would clearly be of concern, so he alerted the beach lifeguard and took a surfboard out to investigate what it was on Thursday.
It was not a human head In fact it was a 12th-century Byzantine amphora found by a man out for a swim In fact it was an amphora, a kind of vase used to store and transport things like wine, oil or grain.
Although it was covered in shells and other debris from the sea, it was intact and is believed to date from the Byzantine period in the 12th or 13th centuries. It will be handed over to the Directorate of Antiquities, local media reported.
The amphora was found at Arina Beach by Heraklio in North Crete. Authorities warned that any historical artifacts like this had to be declared as they are property of the Greek state.
People should not move them, however, as this could damage them. Instead, they should give details of where they can be found.