Archaeologists believe they may have uncovered an ancient “lost city” in the Aegean Sea after studying samples from underground rock layers in the peninsula located in western Turkey. Researchers from the German Archaeology Institute who examined archaeological artifacts have claimed that the “island” may have housed the ancient city of Kane, where the famous Battle of Arginusae took place centuries ago.
It is a noteworthy find for historians and archaeologists alike. The Great Peloponnesian War was one of the most important events in the history of Ancient Greece, fought between Sparta and Athens in 406 BC, once great powers of the ancient world.
According to researcher Güler Ateş, there are indications that the island may have been home to a number of large ports.
“It is understood that this place was like a way station among important routes such as Lesbos and Adramytteion [today Edremit] in the north and Elaia [Zeytindağ], the main harbor of the ancient city of Pergamon, in the south.
The Aegean Sea is an extended embayment of the Mediterranean Sea located between the Greek and Anatolian peninsulas, i.e., between mainland Greece and Turkey. It constitutes over 2,000 islands once inhabited by the ancient Greeks. Among these standing today are the world-famous Greek islands of Crete and Santorini. Both islands offer a compelling historic narrative central to ancient Greek history and tradition.
The battle of the Arginusae Islands (406 BC) was the last major Athenian victory, following which several triumphant military commanders were actually put to death for failing to secure the warship crews lost during the battle. The following year, in The battle of Aegospotami (405 BC), the Athenian forces were crushed, effectively ending the Great War.
Archaeologist Felix Pirson confirmed they had discovered the location of Kane on the peninsula.
“It had been a matter of discussion if the islands here were the Arginus Islands or not until our research began. But then we revealed that the ancient Kane was located on an island in the past. The strait between this island and the land was filled with alluviums and created this peninsula. We will get more evident info after examining the geological samples.”
The subject of lost ancient civilizations has been passionately researched over the years. In 2011, a U.S. led research team had claimed it had discovered the legendary lost city of Atlantis following a series of noteworthy excavations in southern Spain. Researchers back then were convinced that the submerged island, possibly engulfed by a Tsunami was, in fact, Atlantis.
Atlantis was first described by the Greek philosopher Plato more than 2,000 years ago. According to Plato’s account, Atlantis was a major sea power located in the Atlantic. Legend has it that around 9600 BC the island had conquered much of Western Europe and Africa and enslaved its enemies.
Earlier this year, a colossal underground settlement unearthed in Cappadocia Region of Turkey, dating back to the early Byzantine period had sparked curiosity among Archaeologists. Researchers conducted a meticulous study of the territory stretching nearly two miles and estimated that the site was nearly five million square feet in length.
In 2013, scientists found evidence of an underwater “microcontinent” evident from sand grains obtained from the beaches of Mauritius, a famous Indian Ocean island located about 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) off the coast of Africa. Scientists concluded that the tiny island surfaced nearly 9 million years ago from cooling lava ejected from an undersea volcanoes. Researchers concluded that sand grains on Mauritius contained fragments of minerals that pre-dated the island itself stretching as far back as 2 billion years.
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