The Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology Project
Pavlopetri underwater archaeology project


Investigating the oldest submerged town in the world


In 2009 the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the Hellenic Centre for Maritime Research and the University of Nottingham under a British School of Archaeology at Athens permit began a 5-year collaborative project to outline the history and development of the submerged ancient town of Pavlopetri in southern Laconia, Greece.

Over the coming years the Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology Project aims to establish when the site was occupied, what it was used for and, through a systematic study of the geomorphology of the area, how the town and the Elaphonisos Strait became submerged.



Project details

Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology Project (GREECE)

Project directors

Mr Elias Spondylis (Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture), Dr Jon Henderson

Project sponsors

University of Nottingham (please see the Department of Classics and Archaeology), Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (Hellenic Ministry of Culture), Institute of Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), The Leventis Foundation, British School of Archaeology at Athens, the Municipality of Voiai and private sponsors

Equipment sponsors

Zeagle Dive Systems, AOC Archaeology Ltd, DSGi South-Europe, Nautilus Marine Group, Geoacoustics UK and Kongsberg Maritime



Underwater Archaeology Research Centre

Department of Archaeology
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: 0044-1159514842
fax: 0044-1159514842