Athens - Archaeologists have discovered six ancient wrecks off the Athens coast dating back to between the second century BC and the fourth century AD, Ana news agency reported on Wednesday.

Amphoras from north Africa, Sicily and the Greek island of Rhodes were found inside four ships which were lying at a depth of between 37 and 47 metres off the island of Makronissos.

The other wrecks from the first and second centuries were discovered in the north of the Gulf of Euboea. One contained building material and the other amphoras from the Hellenistic period between 330 and 190 BC.

So far 18 wrecks have been identified in the south of the gulf which archaeologists say shows that the area was a major commercial route in ancient times, linking the north and south of the Aegean Sea. - Sapa-AFP