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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-16

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  • [01] Diver archaeologists to revisit submerged city
  • [02] Athens on OSCE mission to Georgia

  • [01] Diver archaeologists to revisit submerged city

    An ancient settlement submerged just off a popular beach in southern Laconia prefecture, best-known for its historic city of Sparta, lies at a depth of three to four metres metres from the surface, according to researchers from the University of Nottingham's acclaimed Underwater Archaeology Research Centre (UARC) and local archaeologists.

    The late Neolithic-era settlement, at the modern-day Pavlopetri site, is dated to at least 2800 BC, and includes intact buildings, courtyards, roads, as well as latter-day chamber tombs believed to belong to the Mycenaean period, all underwater.

    Research and underwater excavation at the site is expected to shed light on the Mycenaean civilisation's coastal cities in the Peloponnese, given that Mycenes was a sea power in the late phase of the Bronze Era.

    The first remnants of the sunken city were discovered and mapped in 1967 by team from Cambridge, headed by Dr. Nicholas Fleming. More than 40 years later, another British team led by Dr. Jon Henderson, will be the first with official access to the area.

    ANA-MPA file photo.

    [02] Athens on OSCE mission to Georgia

    A foreign ministry spokesman, referring on Friday to the OSCE's mission in Georgia, reiterated that the Greek OSCE presidency started laborious efforts to achieve a convergence of views and unanimity on an extremely complicated and difficult issue, such as the stationing of the OSCE mission in Georgia.

    "As it was also pointed out by the Foreign Ministry yesterday (Thursday) as well, the Greek Presidency of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), as soon as it assumed its mission, started laborious efforts as an honourable mediator for achieving a convergence of views and ultimately unanimity on an extremely complicated and difficult issue, such as that of the stationing of the OSCE's mission in Georgia," spokesman George Koumoutsakos said, adding:

    "The undertaking was very difficult from the start, given the diametrically opposite positions on matters of principle between the sides directly involved.

    "The intense and unceasing efforts by the Greek Presidency over six months which both sides have also repeatedly and publicly welcomed and hailed, have not yielded to date the result desired by OSCE, which is securing the continuation of the OSCE Mission's stay in Georgia. Consequently, the negotiations have been suspended until further notice.

    "We would like to hope that, despite all this, the achievement of a mutually acceptable compromise remains feasible," Koumoutsakos said in his statement.

    ANA-MPA file photo

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