Crete is the cradle of our civilization, which, despite so many archaeological discoveries, can still surprise with something. The results of recent research carried out in the east of the island prove that it still hides many secrets.
Underwater coastal research recently carried out at Palekastro Bay in the Sitia area has discovered a former coastline and remains of submerged structures from two historical periods. In the central and southern parts of Kouremenos Bay, various building structures and pitos attributed to the Minoan era were found. In the northern part of this bay, a sunken pier, fragments of walls and the remains of other buildings from Roman times were found. Ancient remains of a Roman settlement were discovered in Hiona Bay: collapsed walls, floors and foundations.
But that's not all, in the waters of the bay, a shipwreck from the 2nd AD was also discovered, along with a cargo probably from the Iberian Peninsula. According to the researchers of this find, the amphorae are in fairly good condition. The discovered shipwreck will undoubtedly become the subject of much discussion about ancient trade and the sea routes that crossed the Mediterranean Sea in antiquity.
Archaeologists and seabed researchers took care of the preparation of appropriate photographic documentation. Three-dimensional images of the wreckage structure and aerial shots were also taken to create orthophotos of these historical discoveries in the future.
The research was completed in August and was carried out in collaboration with the University of Toronto, the British School of Athens and the Lassithi Eforate of Antiquities. They are part of a three-year research program to study the coast and the bay area and determine its significance in the different phases of antiquity.
Source of the above photos: flashnews.gr