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'Underwater Pompeii' found off Greek island

November 22, 2014 | Comment icon 3 comments



Delos is one of Greece's most important archaeological sites. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Bernard Gagnon
Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a small settlement at the bottom of the ocean near Delos.
The ancient ruins, which are located just 6ft underwater off the northeastern coast of the island, were previously believed to be port facilities until a recent investigation identified them as the remnants of an ancient settlement.

Among the finds at the site were 16 terracotta pots and a kiln suggesting that one of the buildings was a pottery workshop. The remains of several other structures and a series of large stones that made up the seafront were also uncovered.
The island of Delos itself is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Believed by the ancient Greeks to be the birthplace of the sun god Apollo, Delos flourished for hundreds of years.

It was eventually thought to have been abandoned at some point during the 5th century A.D.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (3)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Peter B 7 years ago
Hmm, no indication of dating for the workshop, though fairly certainly it dates to some time during the island's hey-day.
Comment icon #2 Posted by keithisco 7 years ago
Not really sure about this having any similarities with the demise of Pompeii - nevertheless an interesting article, thanks Still
Comment icon #3 Posted by daavin 7 years ago
The article states that the area collapsed into the sea but they don't go into any detail of how. Great article Still thanks


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