A group of experts unearthed a very ancient Hellenic anchor from the Mediterranean seabed near the city of Sicily.
The lead anchor is around 2,300 years old, with a dolphin inscription on one of its arms.
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According to experts, the presence of the dolphin inscription is a tribute to the gods of Aphrodite, who had wide fame in Greek mythology and played the role of “guardian of the sailors” at that time.
The researchers noted that the time period in which the sailors who used this anchor lived, was an exciting transition period for the countries or kingdoms of the Mediterranean, as countries were wrestling for power in that period, according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
This period extends from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to the emergence of the Romanian Roman Empire around 31 BC.
Marcelo Basil, director of the Sicily diving center, found the anchor on the sea floor, at a depth of about 60 feet (19 meters) below the surface.
The anchor was transferred to Palermo for detailed analysis after it was successfully recovered to the boat.
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According to archaeologist Francesca Olivieri, dolphins were important in that era to guide sailors through the waters and avoid ship crashes.
Aphrodite is known for being the goddess of love, sex, and beauty, but she is also attached to the seas and protects sailors according to historical monuments.