24 Acres of Ruins Underwater
World Monuments Fund - World Monuments Fund
PavlopetriA few meters below the surface of the water, next to a sandy beach on Vatika Bay in Greece's southeastern Peloponnese, lie the archaeological remains of the world's oldest submerged city. Pavlopetri—a Bronze Age city that was occupied from the third millennium until 1100 B.C.—is included on the 2016 World Monuments Watch because it is threatened by pollution caused by large ships anchoring at Vatika Bay. Small boats also travel over the archaeological remains, causing irreparable damage. In addition, the site lacks physical protection, leaving it vulnerable to looting and pilfering.About the PresentersMarine geo-archaeologist Nicolas Flemming discovered Pavlopetri in 1967 and carried out the first survey of the underwater site. Cheryl Benard will discuss the local efforts to protect Pavlopetri, including advocating for special regulations, promoting the site, and improving its visitor presentation.