Athens, June 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Important finds have been discovered from the underwater research, which continued in Delos, during the period May 25 to June 15, 2016, in order to properly reflect the residues found in the sea area of the district of Skardana.
During the research mission, led by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in cooperation with the National Research Foundation, were identified and were depicted buildings walls at the foreshore along the coastline.
In addition, at a depth from 20 cm to 5 meters were identified and imprinted components of fallen colonnade and a building with strong foundation, which seems most likely to have belonged to a port facility for the identification of which only the excavation will provide more information. The existence of the ancient port facilities are part of another port in the region.
In the wider region, located 35 meters northwest of the Skardana bay was identified a shipwreck dating from the late Hellenistic period.
From the results of the underwater research at Delos, it seems that, as in the cove of the District of Stadiou, which the team had studied in 2014 and 2015, in the cove of the District of Skardana as well operated a commercial port with auxiliary capacity to the central ancient port of Delos.
Additionally, the research mission conducted underwater exploratory autopsies to identify ancient shipwrecks between Delos and Rhinion, in which were identified seven ancient shipwrecks of merchant ships.
It is about five shipwrecks of the late Hellenistic period, a shipwreck of the Roman period and a shipwreck which was carrying building material (slates).The fact indicates that Delos, experienced a rapid growth after 167 BC, when the Romans turned it into a commercial basis that linked the eastern and western Mediterranean. Furthermore, the channel between Delos and Rhinion is one of the main water passages.