Greece's Culture Ministry says archaeologists revisiting one of the most famous shipwrecks of ancient times off southern Greece have found fragments of bronze statues and a section of the wooden hull.

Divers raised a complete arm and a section of pleated clothing from statues, the ministry said, as well as compacted metal objects that have yet to be cleaned and separated.

A diver holds a ruler next to a corroded metal arm from an ancient statue found. Photo / AP
A diver holds a ruler next to a corroded metal arm from an ancient statue found. Photo / AP

Last month's expedition off Antikythera Island also located broken bronze and marble statues under large boulders that covered them, probably after an earthquake.

The 1st-century BC wreck of a large freighter discovered more than a century ago has already yielded an ancient astronomical computer - known as the Antikythera Mechanism - as well as statues and thousands of other artifacts.

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