Underwater research of ancient Olous

For the fourth year running, an archaeological team from the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, a team of geophysicists from the Satellite Remote Sensing Laboratory of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies (Foundation for Research and Technology –Hellas, FORTH), volunteer divers and scientists from other specialties, continued exploring and mapping evidence of the sunken city of ancient Olous and its territory, in the Elounda Bay, Crete.

Once again this year the interest was focused mainly on the region of Poros. Specifically, the surface clearing of sand and vegetation continued beyond a large elongated structure that probably belongs to the wall of the ancient city, although it cannot be ruled out as a breakwater. The fact that only the upper facade of the stone blocks and not the whole area is visible on the seabed, makes it necessary to uncover all the structure’s surface and carry out trial excavation trenches to determine its shape and consequently its use.

At the same time, the mapping continued, both underwater and from the air, of submerged ancient structures belonging either to buildings or other constructions, and there is an ongoing digital processing of gathered data for drawings and three-dimensional representations, which will then be fed into the (GIS) geospatial database to better understand how the above relate to each other.

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