Managing Greece's Underwater Archaeological Heritage

Angeliki G. Simosi

Director, Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. Email:

Cite this as: Simosi, A.G. 2018 Managing Greece's Underwater Archaeological Heritage, Internet Archaeology 49.


The Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities is a Special Regional Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, with jurisdiction all around Greece, aiming to protect and promote the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Greece. Its mission is to locate, excavate, study and register settlements that are submerged due to tectonic phenomena or from a rise in sea level. The Greek seabed carries an enormous wealth of antiquities that make it the biggest underwater museum in the world. The Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities organises surveys in order to constantly cover the entire range of its mission. Through some examples of underwater archaeological sites, this article sets out good examples of decision-making and prioritising.

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