Archaeologists studied the ruins of an ancient city submerged off the coast of Greece is estimated at 5,000 years old, making it the oldest city under water in the world today.

This summer project was the first of the five-year cooperation between Greek and British researchers to investigate Pavlopetri, which was never found and learned from and mapped by a British archaeologist in 1967-1968.

Dr. Jon Henderson, an archaeologist from the University of Nottingham, joined the research led by Elias Spondylis of Underwater Archeological Objects Ephorate part of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in Greece. Dr. Henderson was the first archaeologist in 40 years that have official permits from the Greek government to work there.

"This is very exciting. I've read about this site when I was young and hard to believe that I am not just dive in there but also had the opportunity to do it. Then we found about 9,000 square feet of new building recently looked for movements in sand, was incredible, "said Dr. Henderson.

Pavlopetri located at a depth of 3 to 4 feet below the water not far from the sandy beach south of Laconia.

The city is still very incomplete. Building a house, street, yard, buildings of worship, cemetery, everything is mapped using 3-D equipment is the most advanced digital.

Pavlopetri previously estimated from the Mycenaean period (about 1680-1180 BC), from the Ancient Greek history is rich in literature and myth. From the pottery objects Neolitis only recently discovered this show places may have occupied since at least 2800 BC. By studying this important maritime places, researchers hope to understand more about the heritage of the Bronze Age Greek society.

altDr. Chrysanthi Gallou, a specialist in Aegean prehistory at the University of Nottingham, is responsible for studying many of the findings.

"The discovery that my favorite is the clay filter from the early Mycenaean period that may be used to produce the kind of beverage alcohol," he said. "The most surprising finding is the newly discovered area is building a large hall MEGARON monuments."

One of the main objectives in next year's project was to study the land and the surrounding area and learn how this site can be submerged under the water, said Dr. Henderson.

"The water rose and fell for many reasons ... But we know that in the Mediterranean sea has not changed much in the 5000 BP (about 50 cm per thousand years), mean we can not say sea level as a factor causes terendamnya Pavlopetri , "he explained.

"So we may see the influence of ground motion effects. Eastern Mediterranean region is one of the most active earthquake in the world. For example, the western region of Crete had risen 6 meters while the Bay of Naples fell nearly 10 feet. Pavlopetri seems to have dropped from 4 to 5 meters after 1000 BC, judging from the evidence of pottery, "he continued.

"Is Pavlopetri submerged abandoned because we did not know. Perhaps this town survive and become debris in the soil, slowly disappear down into the sand and sea waves drown after a series of tectonic events or one big event."

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