The first artifacts from one of the oldest archeological finds in the Balearics were brought to the surface yesterday off Cala San Vicente in the north of Majorca. A team of divers from the Cataluña underwater archeological centre and a team of Insular Council of Majorca archeologists carried out the dive on the oldest Greek galleon to have been found in Majorca. The remains date back to the fifth century BC and yesterday various artifacts were recovered including ceramics, items used for sewing and weaving as well as various parts of the galleon itself. Archeologists who have been studying the site and its surrounding areas from the research vessel Thetis, believe that there could be as many as four other galleons on the sea bed in the area. Apparently an important Mediterranean trading route passed by Cala San Vicente. The site will be of great importance to local historians as it will provide new information about Majorca's trading partners and commercial activities in the Mediterranean some 2.500 years ago. The Cataluña underwater archeological centre is funded by the Catalan government and thanks to an accord signed with the Insular Council of Majorca when the site was first located, the operation has been able to continue.


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