7,000-Year-Old Stone Road Uncovered At The Bottom Of Mediterranean Sea
A 7,000-year-old stone road buried beneath a layer of sea mud in the submerged remains of an ancient settlement off the coast of Croatia was recently discovered by scientists, according to a report by The Independent. Researchers from the University of Zadar in Croatia discovered the old stone path after removing sea mud from the shores of Sol on the island of Korcula.
Archaeologists believe the route connected the island to the buried ancient settlement of the Hvar civilization. The ancient settlement of Sol, which was previously an artificial island, was discovered in 2021 by archaeologist Mate Barica of the University of Zadar in Croatia while analyzing satellite images of the sea area near Korcula.
The stone slabs were precisely stacked on a four-meter-wide platform, and radiocarbon dating of a tree preserved near the site suggests that it was about 1000 BC. Scientists also said that the entire settlement may have been erected in 4900.
“Through the radiocarbon analysis data of the preserved wood found in the last campaign, the entire settlement dates back to 4,900 BC. People walked this communication almost 7,000 years ago,” Zadar University said in a statement on Facebook.
“During the underwater archeology of the submerged Neolithic site of Sol on the island of Korcula, archaeologists found remains that surprised them. That is, beneath layers of sea mud, they discovered a road connecting the submerged prehistoric settlement of the Hvar culture to the coast of the island of Korcula,” they added, according to the outlet. .
According to experts, the road, which is now about five meters below sea level, was once part of an active site.
Archaeologists have discovered more “strange structures” nearby.
The existence of another “almost identical” city at a depth of 4-5 m, comparable to the city in Soline, was discovered during research diving in the middle of Gratina Bay. Artifacts and sacrificial pieces such as cream blades and a stone ax were found at the site.