Greek and Danish archaeologists have made groundbreaking discoveries at excavation sites at the ancient port city of Corinth, which was hit by an earthquake and is now underwater. Archaeologists have discovered Roman architecture in the Biblical city, which the apostle Paul visited in Scriptural accounts.
The Lechaion Harbour Project is a joint venture of the Danish Institute at Athens, University of Copenhagen, and the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.
Bjørn Lovén, the director of the Lechaion Harbour Project, reported to the Sunday Express that "For almost two decades I have been hunting for the perfect archaeological context where all the organic material normally not found on land is preserved. The potential for more unique discoveries is mind blowing."
Historically, the port at Corinth was one of two which connected the city to trade networks in the region, resulting in the area becoming immensely wealthy. The Romans, however, destroyed Corinth in 146 BC in their conquest of Greece. Julius Caesar rebuilt the city and its harbors in 44 BC. The port was hit by an earthquake around the early 600s AD and submerged, but many artifacts and structures are reportedly well-preserved.
"The extremely rare wooden structures we've found in the early stages at Lechaion give us hope that we'll find other organic materials, such as wooden tools, furniture, wooden parts of buildings and shipwrecks – the potential is immense and it is important to stress that we almost never find organic material on land in the central Mediterranean region," Lovén said.