Pavlopetri A few meters below the surface of the water, next to a sandy beach on Vatika Bay in Greece's southeastern Peloponnese, lie the archaeological remains of the world's oldest submerged city. Pavlopetri—a Bronze Age city that was occupied from the third millennium until 1100 B.C.—is included on the 2016 World Monuments Watch because it is threatened by pollution caused by large ships anchoring at Vatika Bay. Small boats also travel over the archaeological remains, causing irreparable damage. In addition, the site lacks physical protection, leaving it vulnerable to looting and pilfering.
About the Presenters Marine geo-archaeologist Nicolas Flemming discovered Pavlopetri in 1967 and carried out the first survey of the underwater site. Cheryl Benard will discuss the local efforts to protect Pavlopetri, including advocating for special regulations, promoting the site, and improving its visitor presentation.
Dr Nicholas Flemming is a marine geo-archaeologist from the Institute of Oceanography at the University of Southampton.
Dr Flemming was Director of the British national oceanographic data centre from 1980 till 1987 to take later the position of the chairman of the IODE Committee of the IOC which he occupied till1992. He was Director of EuroGOOS Office and Member of the GOOS Steering Group until 2001.
Dr Flemming's book, co-edited with Amanda M. Evans and Joseph C. Flatman, Prehistoric Archaeology on the Continental Shelf, was published in 2014.