Greek archaeologists reveal plan for underwater museum


Despite Epidaurus being home to one of the most popular healing centers of antiquity, the sanctuary of Asclepius and to the well preserved ancient theater, the underwater treasures of the harbor city in the north-eastern side of the Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis at the Saronic Gulf, have remained quite unknown to the public.

For the first time, the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, a special department of the Greek Ministry of Culture which is responsible for the preservation of ancient relics under sea, proceeded to the topographic mapping of the area in collaboration with the official new agency of China, Xinhua News Agency.

Besides the topographic shooting and the protection of the underwater ruins, the Ephorate wants to create a sea museum accessible to the public.

“By underwater museum, I mean people having access to underwater antiquities similar to that of the various archaeological sites on land,” Angeliki Simosi, archaeologist and head of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, explained to Xinhua during a tour on the site.

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