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Sunken 5,000-year-old settlement found in Greece

A large underwater settlement of the 3rd millennium BC was brought to light by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the University of Geneva under the auspices of the Swiss School of Archaeology in Argolis, Peloponnese.

Sunken 5,000-year-old settlement found in Greece
Surface reconnaissance of the sunken settlement 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The research began in 2014 in a marine near Franchthi Cave with the Terra Submersa mission and the solar boat “Planet Solar.” The team looked for traces of prehistoric human activity on the eastern side of the Argolic Gulf. This year, the research began on July 13 and focused on Lambagiannas beach, where the team eventually located the prehistoric settlement.

Sunken 5,000-year-old settlement found in Greece
Paved section of the settlement 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The settlement, located at a depth of 1m up to 3m, covers an area of around 3 acres. It used to be fortified and located by the seaside. Archaeologists found rectangular and circular building foundations as well as paved streets.

Sunken 5,000-year-old settlement found in Greece
The stone foundation of the outer defensive wall 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
Furthermore, they have located part of the settlement’s fortification and at least three large horseshoe-shaped foundations attached to the wall line (possibly part of the fortification that may have been towers). They also found numerous stone tools, obsidian blades and other artifacts.

Sunken 5,000-year-old settlement found in Greece
Lampagiannas beach in the Kilada Cove in Argolis 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The investigation will continue until August 14, 2015, with geophysical research in the maritime area. In order to raise awareness in the local community, the research team will present its preliminary findings to the public on site, on August 16 and 17.

Author: Ioanna Zikakou | Source: Greek Reporter [August 13, 2015]
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