They explore the submerged port of Lechaion

They explore the submerged port of Lechaion

A group of researchers made up of the Eforado of the Underwater Antiquities of Greece, the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Institute of Athens, have launched what is known as the Lechaion Port Project, where the main port of the submerged city is currently being explored. of Corinth.

Lechaion was one of the two busiest ports in the ancient city of Corinth and one of the bases of the city's economy given its great maritime activity throughout the time it was in operation, more than a thousand years according to experts.

From this port, countless ships full of cargoes of the most different classes arrived and departed, as well as settlers, where everything was sent and received from all points of the Mediterranean basin, becoming one of the most important ports in this area in those times.

The research team has begun to carry out large-scale excavations and investigations and for this they have used the most innovative and current techniques such as a 3D underwater subsoil profiler, which has allowed the discovery so far of two huge moles built with stone blocks , what looks like two wooden crates, a breakwater and an entrance channel that led through the three docks that the port of Lechaion is believed to have had.

Excavations have revealed the discovery of different large architectural structures, which shows that the port of Lechaion was built with the intention of being a great port, coinciding with the importance of the metropolis that housed it, Corinth.

Something that has attracted a lot of attention has been the discovery of wooden drawers in a good state of conservation, they were built to be sunk with a heavy load to act as a breakwater or contain the force of the sea, since the port is in an area very exposed to the coast.

The imperial engineers of Rome also came to use a technology similar to this in Caesarea Maritima, in Israel, at the end of the 1st century BC, although what has been discovered in Lechaion it has an excellent state of conservation, being the first of its kind discovered in Greece.

The team has also found evidence that the old port may be further out in the direction of the sea, perhaps about 45 meters from the modern shore, but for this we have to wait for the geophysical results that are being carried out to know how the area has evolved over time and what effect the changes in the sea have had.

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