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Ancient Greek shipwrecks open to public

The Central Archaeological Council of Greece has approved a study regarding the possibility of allowing visitations to four shipwrecks near the Sporades and Western Pagasetic Gulf. This development aims to promote diving tourism and take advantage of Greece’s underwater treasures.

Ancient Greek shipwrecks open to public
The shipwreck near Peristera Island (Alonissos) [Credit: Ethnos]
According to the study, the four archaeological sites are:

  • The shipwreck near Peristera Island (Alonissos), which has been dated to the 5th century BC and features two layers of amphorae.
  • The plundered Byzantine-era shipwreck near Kikynthos, which has been dated between the 9th and 13th century AD thanks to ceramics.
  • The Byzantine-era shipwreck near the Akra Glaros area, where another shipwreck may also be hidden.
  • The shipwreck near Tilegrafos, which dates back to 4th century AD.

The ministerial plan regarding visitations to the underwater archaeological sites stipulates that visitors may be guided up to a depth of 40 meters, under the supervision of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. While amateur photography is permitted, there is a strict ban on any form of intervention in the seabed or scattered items.

Source: To Vima [January 16, 2015]

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