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Inger Mewburn
Inger Mewburn • 2 years ago

I was shown the Pavlopetri project by @thomsonpat, who thought I might be interested in what academics wear while doing underwater fieldwork. Snorkles FTW!

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The city of Pavlopetri, underwater off the coast of southern Laconia in the Peloponnese, Greece, is about 5,000 years old, and is the oldest submerged archeological town site. Pavlopetri submerged town is located between the Pavlopetri islet across the Elafonisos village and the Pounta coast. It is unique in having an almost complete town plan, including streets, buildings, and tombs. BBC - City Beneath The Waves - Pavlopetri - Greek subs - YouTube

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