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.

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Ancient Shipwreck off Greek Island Yields A Different Sort Of Treasure

By Christopher Joyce

National Public Radio

June 28, 2016