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Pavlopetri - The City Beneath the Waves

Documentary following a team of underwater archaeologists and experts as they use CGI to reveal the secrets of Pavlopetri in Greece, the world's oldest submerged city.

Just off the southern coast of mainland Greece lies the oldest submerged city in the world. It thrived for 2,000 years during the time that saw the birth of western civilisation.

An international team of experts uses cutting-edge technology to prise age-old secrets from the complex of streets and stone buildings that lie less than five metres below the surface of the ocean. State-of-the-art CGI helps to raise the city from the seabed, revealing for the first time in 3,500 years how Pavlopetri would once have looked and operated.

Underwater archaeologist Dr Jon Henderson leads the project in collaboration with Nic Flemming, the man whose hunch led to the discovery of Pavlopetri in 1967, and a team from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Working alongside the archaeologists are a team from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics.

The teams scour the ocean floor, looking for artefacts. The site is littered with thousands of fragments, each providing valuable clues about the everyday lives of the people of Pavlopetri. From the buildings to the trade goods to the everyday tableware, each artefact provides a window into a forgotten world.

Together these precious relics provide us with a window to a time when Pavlopetri would have been at its height, showing us what life was like in this distant age and revealing how this city marks the start of western civilisation.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 10 Jul 2020 16:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Participant Jon Henderson
Narrator Philip Glenister
Director Paul Olding
Producer Paul Olding
Executive Producer Gary Hunter

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  • Sun 9 Oct 2011 20:00
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