A new frontier is opening in Greece for archaeology lovers—under the sea.
There are dozens and dozens of ancient submerged shipwrecks along the Greek coast, generally accessible to archaeologists but not the public. That all changes with the opening of the Peristera shipwreck near Alonissos, an island in the Aegean. The wreck, the remains of a cargo vessel that sank in the 5th century BC while carrying pottery and possibly wine, is one of four sites that a European Commission program has cleared for recreational divers.
Dives are being limited to a select few spots. Scuba diving was mostly banned throughout Greece for years, out of fear of divers destroying priceless historical sites.
These photos from April 7 show one of the first excursions to the Peristera wreck and the underwater bounty that was largely out of public sight for millennia.