Archaeologists have discovered a coastal village on the Mycenaean culture of 3500 years ago, a civilization that preceded the Greeks between 1600 and 1100 BC. The town is spectacularly preserved, since many of its walls still stand.
The site was originally discovered in 2001 but just released now. It is partially under water, set on a rocky coastline, isolated and narrow. Archaeologists believe they have been a Mycenaean military post.
"This is a breakthrough for stress," said Daniel Pullen, an archaeologist at Florida State University, who discovered the site. "It is rare indeed to locate an entire town built during the Bronze Age that shows this level of preservation." There are at least 900 walls.
The most important thing is that most Mycenaean towns are completely buried for thousands of years of dirt accumulation.
"Usually to excavate Mycenaean buildings you have to dig a lot," Pullen told LiveScience. "But what we have here is a plan of a village completely preserved for us. We have fortified walls, many buildings, and you can even see where the doors. We can see how buildings were linked together, because we have many streets and alleys obvious. "
Scientists believe that this is a military post, because all buildings are constructed with a fixed network, or whether they were built all at once, it was a city that grew over time.
Further evidence that this was a military base is that there is little evidence of agriculture in the reservoir. Even there was not much arable land nearby to support the number of people who have lived there.
The place was dubbed Korphe-Kalamianos by Pullen and colleagues. It is located about 100 kilometers from Athens, on the Aegean Sea. And, then we will have been about 65 miles from Mycenae, the capital of the Mycenaean civilization.