A lead “dolphin” in ancient maritime warfare
Archaeologists re-exploring the shipwreck Antikythera—where years ago the famous Antikythera mechanism was found—recently found a lead object, initially thought to be a ceramic vessel, that may have been used in maritime battles. Referring to information provided by the ancient Greek historian Thucydides, the archaeologists surmise the lead object may have been a “dolphin” that was used to bust holes in the hull or enemy ships.
By Christopher Joyce
National Public Radio
June 28, 2016