Semi-annoyingly, my mailbox is filling with this report (semi-annoyingly because the initial discoveries associated with this are near the top of my Top XX list which is still being written out, so you'll read more about this in the days to come). From the BBC:
Archaeologists have embarked on an epic search for an ancient fleet of Persian ships that was destroyed in a violent storm off Greece in 492 BC.
The team will search for sunken remains of the armada - sent by Persian king Darius to invade Greece - which was annihilated before reaching its target.
Waters off Mount Athos in northern Greece, the site of the disaster, have yielded two helmets and a spear-butt.
Experts will return to the site in June to look for more remains of the fleet.
"This is an extraordinarily target-rich area for ancient shipwrecks," Dr Robert Hohlfelder, a maritime archaeologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, US, told BBC News Online.
The amphoras presumably come from a shipwreck ."Usually, when shipwrecks are found, the archaeologists are asked to create the history around them. We have the history, now we've got to find the shipwrecks."
An account of the 492 BC disaster is related in The Histories, by the 5th Century BC Greek writer Herodotus. He says the ships were smashed against Mount Athos.
Last year, the team discovered a shipwreck containing amphoras, pottery containers used for transporting foodstuffs. How, if at all, this wreck relates to the disaster is not known.
The archaeologists also found a bronze spear-butt, called a sauroter, at a site where, in 1999, local fisherman raised two Greek classical helmets from the seafloor.
The sauroter was found in the possession of an octopus, which had dragged the spear-butt inside a jar in which it had made its sea-floor home.
The survey could help resolve arguments about how triremes - ancient galley warships used by the Persians and Greeks - were constructed.
The sauroter, held by Katerina Dellaporta, fitted a spear
In trireme battles, victory hinged on slamming other ships with a heavy bronze ram on the front of the ship.
Not a single trireme wreck has ever been found and archaeologists on the survey are divided over the likelihood of finding one on this expedition.
"We will not find a trireme. They contained very little ballast so they floated. Although the rams may have sunk," team member Michael Wedde told BBC News Online. [more ... includes some photos]