Teenage Brit Tourist Discovers Lost City Under the Sea

I have mentioned an urban legend that the most important archaeological discoveries are a result of sheer chance. How about this latest example?

Michael Le Quesne, 16, was swimming off a popular beach in Montenegro with his parents and his ten-year-old sister Teodora when he spotted an odd looking ‘stone’ at a depth of around two metres. It turned out to be a large, submerged building which may have been the centrepiece of an important Greek or Roman trading post, swallowed up by the sea during a massive earthquake.

…it appears that the remains, which include ancient pottery, have stayed untouched for thousands of years.

Michael said: “When I first swam out, I thought they were just rocks, as most people would, but then I noticed that they were cylindrical and knew that they couldn’t be natural, so I called my dad over.

Great quote from an archaeologist’s kid: “I’ve been dragged around a lot of ancient ruins, so if it hadn’t been for that I wouldn’t have looked twice.”

Read the story here. in the Telegraph (UK).

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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2 Responses to Teenage Brit Tourist Discovers Lost City Under the Sea

  1. Marshal Ray says:

    They’ll have to send Nat Geo there to take pics and maybe a video.

  2. It’s a great discovery 🙂

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