Significant submerged archaeological site discovered off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos in Greece

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Archaeological site discovered off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos

A submerged archaeological site has been discovered, with extensive sunken architectural remains, by an Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities team, located at a depth of 2-6 meters off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos island in the Ionian Sea island. The team had been surveying the area since the May 13, 2013. The site covers around 3 hectares and contains visible traces of paved floor and courtyard, colonnade bases, while ancient building material is spread all over it.  At least 20 circular column bases, each bearing a large central hole that were probably used to support wooden columns, were counted.

Preliminary observations lead to the result that the remains belong to a large ancient public building, probably related to the ancient city’s port. Due to the absence of pottery from the surface, it is still difficult to date the find. Still, the building’s size reflects the existence of a significant ancient settlement in the Alikanas area.

Archaeological site discovered off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos

Archaeological site discovered off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos

Sources: Archeology News Network

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