Unlike the fabled cities of Atlantis and Lemuria, the underwater ruins of the ancient Greek city of Helike were rediscovered in 2001. Buried underneath the remnants of a primordial lagon, it is no longer a tantalizing mystery for writers, historians and enterprising explorers. The following 10 ruins serve as a reminder of Mother Nature’s might and of our glorious archaeological ancestry.
Discovered in 1996, researchers have concluded that the ruins were originally an island until volcanic activity or a landslide sunk it 1700 years ago. The buildings were drowned before the era of Mayan rule and artefacts discovered have left the impression that the area was abandoned in a hurry. Excavations are extremely demanding as the visibility is close to none and everything is covered with a very thick layer of silt.