Sunken Greek City Predates Plato’s Tale of Atlantis

October 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A lost city beneath the sea in Southern Greece, has rewarded explorers with ancient historical artifacts and a glimpse of the ruins of a once wealthy settlement, which is thought to be 5,000 years old. The artifacts from the ruins of the city date back from 2800 to 1200 BC, making it the oldest known sunken city in the world.

The sunken city covers 30,000 square meters of shifting sands underneath the ocean near southern Peloponnese. The city known, as Pavlopetri was probably flooded by the the sea around 1000 BC.

The sunken City of Pavlopetri was first discovered by a British oceanographer about 40 years ago, but recent advances in digital technology made it possible to survey the actual ruins of the settlement.

The digitally enhanced exploration discovered an undersea world of buildings, courtyards, main streets, rock-cut tombs and religious structures.

The archaeologists also were rewarded with thousands of shards of pottery, dating back to the end of the stone age.

Evidence of a ruined monumental rectangular hall, led the explorers to conclude that the ancient Mycenaean settlement was inhabited by wealthy citizens.

Marine geologists believe the lost city was most likely overcome by the sea, from a combination of sea level changes and disturbances caused by earthquakes, or a tsunami.

The submerged city of Pavlopetri predates Plato’s mythical story of Atlantis, possibly providing inspiration for his tale that continues to inspire undersea explorers thousands of years later.



One Response to “Sunken Greek City Predates Plato’s Tale of Atlantis”

  1. Richard Welch on February 2nd, 2010 9:41 pm

    Interesting find, but assuredly not the inspiration for Atlantis. Plato plainly states that the legendary tale came from the Egyptians who stated that Atlantis was outside the Strait of Gibralter, facing the region of Gades (Cadiz). In truth, Atlantis was a super-volcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC. (See Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009.)

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