Archaeologists recently uncovered an important discovery while exploring Salamis, a small island off the coast of Greece near Athens. It has perplexed both explorers and visitors. It was the site of an old, now-sunken city.
According to sources, the Greek Ministry of Culture recently presented these amazing discoveries from an extended underwater excavation effort that included a half submerged building and a collection of marble gems dating back to the 4th century BC.
According to reports, a team of 12 underwater archaeologists discovered what is thought to be a significant public edifice from the ancient city of Salamis. The Culture Ministry released photographs of these remains, as well as a treasure of items recovered alongside them, on social media.
Underwater teams discovered the remains of an old public building on the island of Salamis during an archaeological survey undertaken in 2022, with a specific focus on Ampelaki Bay, a cove along the eastern side abutting the strait between Salamis and mainland Greece.
This region is historically significant because of the Battle of Salamis, a crucial event in the Greco-Persian Wars that occurred around 480 BC. The fight was a decisive victory for the Greeks and has long piqued the interest of historians.
Initially, archaeologists uncovered a seawall that was thought to be part of an old fortification surrounding Salamis. Following that, they discovered a public building known as a stoa, which in Greek architecture refers to a freestanding covered walkway with an elongated shape and open design, with a roof supported by columns. Stoas were often found in marketplaces and could be used for commerce or public gatherings.
According to the Greek Culture Ministry, identifying this stoa is an important step in understanding the layout and residential organization of the ancient city. It is thought to have marked the eastern edge of the Agora region, which served as a central gathering place in ancient Greek cities.
Salamis’ stoa is approximately 20 feet wide and 105 feet long, with the remnants of six or seven rooms inside its limits. Although just one or two levels of stone remain, some internal rooms have yet to be examined.
One of these rooms, covering slightly more than 15 square feet, has a large storage area stocked with numerous old relics. Nearly two dozen bronze coins, vases, marble fragments, and ceramic artifacts from the Classical-Hellenistic period were among them. Some artifacts appeared to be from different eras, with remnants from the Early Byzantine and Late Middle Ages most likely coming from abroad.
Two of the marble objects are very significant. The first is a column fragment with a partial inscription in 2-3 verses, while the second is an ornate fragment showing a huge guy, presumably a hero, placing a crown on a bearded man.