A diver exploring the newly-discovered Greek city in the Aegean Sea

Huge Ancient Greek City found underwater in the Aegean Sea

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The Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs has announced that remnants of a massive Bronze Age city have been discovered submerged in the Aegean Sea. The settlement, which dates back approximately 4,500 years, covers an area of 12 acres and consists of stone defensive structures, paved surfaces, pathways, towers, pottery, tools, and other artifacts.

The discovery was made by a team of experts from the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, University of Geneva and the Swiss School of Archaeology at Kiladha Bay on the Peloponnese Peninsula south of Athens, while they were searching for evidence for the oldest village in Europe. While they were hoping to find traces dating back at least 8,000 years, the finding of the ancient city is no less significant.

The Ancient Greek City was found at Kiladha Bay on the Peloponnese Peninsula south of Athens.

The Ancient Greek City was found at Kiladha Bay on the Peloponnese Peninsula south of Athens. ( Wikipedia)

Ancient Fortifications

Spero News reports that researchers identified a series of huge horseshoe-shaped foundations next to a wall line, which are believed to have been towers used to defend the city. However, the structures are unique and have not been seen before during the Bronze Age period to which the ruins belongs. Professor Julien Beck of the University of Geneva said the foundations are of a “massive nature, unknown in Greece until now”.

"The importance of our discovery is partly due to the large size. There must have been a brick superstructure above a stone foundation. The chances of finding such walls under water are extremely low. The full size of the facility is not yet known. We do not know why it is surrounded by fortifications," Beck added.

A paved area that is believed to have been part of a fortified wall

A paved area that is believed to have been part of a fortified wall (Spero News ).

A Plethora of Artifacts

Beck explained that the discovery of the ancient city is important because of the quantity and quality of the artifacts that were retrieved, including pottery, red ceramics, stone tools, and obsidian blades dating to the Helladic period (3200 to 2050 BC). In fact, it was pottery fragments seen during training at the nearby Lambayanna beach that eventually led them to discover the city as they followed the trail of artifacts.

In total, more than 6,000 artifacts were pulled up from the ruins, which Beck has called an “archaeologist’s paradise.” The obsidian blades are believed to have come from volcanic rock sourced at the island of Milos in the Cyclades archipelago, inhabited since the third millennium.

International Business Times reports that the research team hopes the artifacts will enable them to “learn more about trade, shipping, and day to day life from the period”.

Weathered pottery sherds found at Lambayanna beach in the Pelopponese Peninsula of Greece

Weathered pottery sherds found at Lambayanna beach in the Pelopponese Peninsula of Greece ( Spero News ).

“The walls that were found by the team are contemporaneous with the pyramids at Giza that were built around 2600-2500 B.C., as well as the Cycladic civilization (3200 to 2000 BC), at the first Minoans on the island of Crete (2700-1200 BC),” reports Spero News. “However, they precede the first great Greek civilization, the Mycenaean (1650-1100 BC), by one thousand years.”

The researchers hope that further investigations at and around Lambayanna may provide new insight into a dense network of coastal settlements spread throughout the Aegean Sea.  

Featured image: A diver exploring the newly-discovered Greek city in the Aegean Sea ( Spero News ).

By April Holloway

Comments

At what depth is it located? Has it been given a name? Was it inundated by rising sea levels or did it subside?

LOL! "Huge ancient city" found submerged...and all we get is a picture of a diver measuring a rock. NICE.

Well LOL your horses Defiant.
That there are no pictures of all of it does not mean the city isn't there, as there is not only an image but also information from the statement from the Ministry of Culture of Greece. The parts of the city from 2500 BC, that where found are 6 hectares large, and by the structures and roads that were found, and based on the ancient cities and towns that where found from the Bronze age in Greece (such as Pavlopetri, Knossos, Phaestos, Akrotiri and loads more from 3000-2000 BC), they can make up what the size of the city is and by it's structures also how many people it would hold.

The interesting thing is that there is not only a new city to investigate into from 3000-2500 BC, but also till now already 6000 artifacts have been found from that time, and by it's urban planning, structures, etc the ministry of culture can get new insights and information from the bronze age of Greece. The bronze age map gets expanded to the already many Archaeological sites from this era

Well if we don't do something to protect our current crop of coastal cities world over, then they to, will belong to ocean one day. We can't ignore facts. Like this one, for the first time in recorded history there were 3, yes three, Category 4 Hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean at one time in the month of August 2015.. Our weather is picking up at a rapid pace. This planet has far exceed its carrying capacity and each new soul only adds to the misery. We can't feed the 7 Billion now, by 2050, how can we handle the 10 Billion folks? Something HAS to change or we are doomed. I can see the changes and so can everyone else. The summers are hotter in areas already hot. The North Poles and Glaciers are melting rapidly. What's changed in the last 20000 years since the last Ice Age? Humans burning trillions upon trillions of carbon fuels which is killing plant growth, killing human growth, causing destabilization of lands once rich in oil and gas reserves. Man made Earthquakes caused by drilling and other means. We must act, or live in misery

Something we change isn't going to affect the Sun. If we're doomed, we're doomed. Quit listening to the socialists promoting whatever crisis they can exploit that'll have the masses cringing in their sandals like has been happening for the last 20,000 years.

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