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Tales from Pavlopetri

Project summary

The Tales from Pavlopetri project builds upon the extensive work done by University of Nottingham academics, alongside colleagues from acrss the world, on teh site of the submerged city of Pavlopetri. 

The project seeks to convey the knowledge gained rom this research in a way that is clear, easy to understand, and above all enjoyable to learn! 

Digitally rendered image of a large multi-level house with whitewashed walls and a terracotta slate roof
Digital reconstruction of one of the buildings at Pavlopetri 

About Pavlopetri

You have probably heard of Atlantis, a legendary island that sank into the earth “in a single day and night of misfortune”, according to Greek philosopher Plato in 360 BC.

There was no “Atlantis” however. Plato’s tale was just a story and, therefore, can never be found. But did you know that underwater ancient cities are very much a reality?

One of these submerged cities, probably the oldest underwater city in the world, lies at Pavlopetri off the coast of southern Laconia in Greece.

Find out more about this research on Pavlopetri's dedicated research page

Get involved

Dr Chrysanthi Gallou has been running educational projects with local schools since 2009. If your school would like to find out more about this unique underwater site, email her to arrange a talk. 

Pavlopetri drawing
Child's drawing inspired by learning about Pavlopetri


Further resources

Want to learn more? Below are links to some of the research material which the Pavlopetri team draw upon in their talks: 

Project leader

Dr Chrysanthi Gallou (University of Nottingham)

Project team

Dr Jon Henderson (University of Nottingham)

  • Sarantos Minopetros  



We would like to acknowledge the financial support of the late Nicholas Nichols (Nikolakeas) and his daughter Dr Sophia Nichols DMD, New Jersey, USA.


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