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Monumental Piers Found in Sunken Harbor City of Corinth

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« on: March 27, 2016, 06:33:03 pm »

An archaeologist documenting a wooden caisson found during the underwater excavation of the Corinthian port of Lechaion, Greece.Vassilis Tsiairis

Structures hidden in sand

Throughout the project, the marine archaeologists have been mapping the sunken city using a range of state-of-the-art technologies.

“We conducted geophysical survey work in the sea with a team of geologists from the University of Patras, led by Dr. George Papatheodorou, and we are using cutting-edge technology, such as the a newly developed 3D parametric sub-bottom profiler," Lovén told Haaretz. "It’s the first time that this equipment has been used in archaeology. It was developed to create 3D images of structures hidden in the sand and of the layers that surround them!”

Click here for video showing diving archaeologist exploring around one of the wooden caissons.

Corinth, like Piraeus, was a city with religious diversity. Evidence of this can be seen in the temple for imperial cult, shrines and sanctuaries dedicated to Greek and Egyptian divinities, and a Jewish synagogue. Lechaion port was a mercantile hub, home not only to a diverse religious community, but also a major naval base.

Some claim that the trireme, one of the most effective battleships of antiquity, was built along the shorelines of Lechaion by the Corinthian shipbuilder Ameinokles. The Athenians used trireme’s advantages in their crucial victory over the Persian navy at Salamis in 480 BCE.

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