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A 6000 year old settlement discovered in the sea off the coast of Croatia - video

An archaeologist has discovered an ancient settlement dating back 6,000 years that is located on the seabed off the coast of the Croatian island of Korčula. Croatian archaeologist Mate Parica has made a remarkable discovery. When he was studying satellite images of the Croatian coast, he noticed something unusual in the water. In one of
Published: June 29, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:50
A 6000 year old settlement discovered in the sea off the coast of Croatia – video

An archaeologist has discovered an ancient settlement dating back 6,000 years that is located on the seabed off the coast of the Croatian island of Korčula.

Croatian archaeologist Mate Parica has made a remarkable discovery. When he was studying satellite images of the Croatian coast, he noticed something unusual in the water. In one of the photographs, he noticed a large, shallow area on the seabed that protruded from the eastern shore of the island of Korčula.

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Investigation of a submerged settlement off the coast of an island
A diver at an archaeological site off the island of Korčula Photo: REUTERS/Mate Perica

I thought, maybe it’s natural, and maybe it’s not… reports Mate Parica, professor at Zadar University

Underwater reconnaissance

The scientist and his colleague decided to dive in to see what they were dealing with. As a result, the two men discovered the site of a Neolithic settlement dating back 6,000 years. Age an ancient habitat located underwater off the coast of the island of Korčula the scientists determined to be around 4500 BC.

stone tools found at the site
Stone knives excavated at the site Photo REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

The findings so far indicate that the settlement was located on a small patch of land, which was connected to the island by a narrow strip of land. During the reconnaissance a pair of divers found the remains of a stone wall of the land surrounding the settlement, as well as tools and other objects used by its inhabitants.

Neolithic vessel
Neolithic artefact excavated from under the water Photo REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

We found several ceramic objects and flint knivesParica reported on the dive

Unusual discovery

Marta Kalebota, who heads the archaeological collection at the Korčula Island Museum, said the location of the settlement is undoubtedly very unusual.

Coastal photography by drone
Photo of the area taken by drone Photo REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

We have no knowledge of similar discoveries. So far, we have not encountered such a settlement, which would be connected to the island by a narrow strip of land – – said Kalebota

Mate Parica also said that the 6000 year old settlement discovered on the island is a unique find. All because until now Neolithic remains have mainly been found in caves. Fortunately, this area, unlike most of the Mediterranean, is sheltered from the impact of large waves, as many islands protect the coastline like a natural breakwater. Scientists are sure that this is what helped to save the site from destruction.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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