According to Herodotus, “Aigileia” was the ancient name of Styra island, an isolated island situated at the entrance of the South Euboean Gulf in Greece, which remains unknown to the majority of contemporary archaeologists and historians.
The research team of the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology in collaboration with the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, while conducting a series of dives at the shipwreck in 2007, brought to the surface diagnostic pottery and documented the site to a great extent.
Revaluation of the finds and the historical context within which the ship had sunk would bring the team once again at the Styra’s shipwreck, three years later, in July 2010. With a better set-up and a fully equipped diving vessel to support the project, archaeologists, architects and technicians dive to the shipwreck for twenty days. Gradually, new evidence is brought to light: tableware, part of the ship’s rigging, furniture and parts of bronze statutes. After a three-week excavation, just when the field season was coming to an end, the first remains of the ship’s hull are revealed.
The film shootings cover all stages of the project, from the early beginning, in the summer of 2007, until the excavation of the two trial trenches and the survey procedure conducted at the shipwreck in 2010.
The project will be continued…