"Pavlopetri" The Oldest Submerged Town In The World
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The oldest submerged city: A 5000 old sunken perfectly designed city in southern Greece

There is a small village called Pavlopetri in the Peloponnesus region of southern Greece, where a nearby ancient city dating back 5,000 years resides.

This is not an ordinary archaeological site, however since the city can be located about 4 metres underwater and is considered to be the world’s oldest known submerged city.

Pavlopetri – Laconia

The town is extremely well-designed with roads, gardens, temples, a graveyard, two-storey houses, and a complex water management system with channels and water pipes.

A square or plaza measuring about 40×20 metres was in the centre of the city and most of the buildings with up to 12 rooms were found inside. This city’s design surpasses today’s design in several cities.

The city is so old that it existed in the period that the famed ancient Greek epic poem ‘Iliad’ was set in.

3D reconstruction image of the sunken city

Research in 2009 revealed that the site extends for about 9 acres and evidence shows that it had been inhabited prior to 2800 BC.

Scientists estimate that the city was sunk in around 1000 BC due to earthquakes that shifted the land.

However, despite this and even after 5,000 years, the arrangement of the city is still clearly visible and at least 15 buildings have been found.

The city’s arrangement is so clear that the head of the archaeological team, John Henderson of the University of Nottingham, and his team, have been able to create what they believe is an extremely accurate 3D reconstruction of the city, which can be viewed in the videos below.

Historians believe that the ancient city had been a centre for commerce for the Minoan Civilization and the Mycenaean civilization.

3D reconstruction image of the sunken city

Scattered all over the place there are large storage containers made from clay, statues, everyday tools and other artefacts.

The name of the city is currently unknown as well as its exact role in the ancient world.

The featured image shows the original foundations of the city behind underneath the reconstructed pillars and walls of one of the buildings.

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P. Natasha Covers Classical Archaeology news and has been with Histecho since 2017. She has a Master's degree in MA Archaeology from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program. A California native, she also holds a Bachelor of science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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