The Saronic Gulf
The selected Greek pilot sites are located in the Saronic Gulf, an area very interesting for the geological and archaeological point of view, an ideal natural laboratory to perform the TECTONIC Project objectives. At least seven submerged very important harbors and port installations of Classical and Roman antiquity have been found along Saronic’s coast (Kenchreai, Epidaurus, Salamis, Zea, Mounichia, Sounion and Aegina).
The Ancient Epidaurus is one of the most important archaeological sites of the country. It is famous for the Ancient Theatre with the amazing acoustics. However, this is also known for the recent excavation and restoration activities conducted by MIBACT-ICR and the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in the submerged “Villa of the dolia” off the coast of the ancient city.
The archaeological surveys carried out by the greek-italian team along the coast of the Agios Vlassis Bay in the “Nissi” Peninsula, which hosts the acropolis of Ancient Epidaurus, discovered the remains of a monumental building belonging to the Classical or Hellenistic age, with clear signs of Roman age reuse, were studied. The underwater archaeological remains of Ancient Epidaurus also includes the ancient harbor.