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Ancient Underwater Ruins Found on Greek Island of Crete

crete-underwater-ruinsModern methods of geoinformatics, such as electrical tomography and magnetic mapping, were used by the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in cooperation with the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in an underwater and coastal research carried out from July 21 to 23 and August 3 to 7 in Agioi Theodoroi, Istros and Poros in Elounda, Crete.
According to a recent Greek Culture Ministry statement, during the Agioi Theodoroi research, archaeologists found what is considered to be a Minoan dry dock. “The research completed the corresponding operation carried out during 2014 with seismic methods and tests in conjunction with topographical and photographic surveys of the sunken Minoan architectural remains belonging to a building complex with a very strong foundation,” the Ministry noted.
Furthermore, the research revealed an underwater ancient Greek building in the village of Istros. The building was probably another dry dock, as well as other architectural remains.
Finally, archeologists used magnetic methods, as well as electrical tomography methods, in Poros. They located numerous parts of buildings, both south and north of the land passage that joins Crete with the Kolokytha peninsula. The visible ruins may have been important public buildings, concluded the researchers after studying the materials, dimensions and construction methods used to create the structures.
Archaeologists also found a submerged ancient city and the foundations of two fortification towers.

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