Ruins thought to be port actually buried Greek city

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Ruins Thought to Be Port Actually Buried Greek City

The ancient Roman city of Pompeii is a tragic story - destroyed in 79 AD by an eruption from Mount Vesuvius killing an estimated 16,000 people.

Now, scientists are saying they've found an "underwater Pompeii," although no one is sure what caused this city's demise.

The ruins are located off the coast of Delos, a Greek island. The settlement sank to the bottom of the Aegean Sea, and archaeologists have now found pottery remains and collapsed buildings in the water.

Ruins found off the shore and on the island of Delos:
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Ruins thought to be port actually buried Greek city
A collection of 16 clay pots found in shallow water off the Greek island of Delos.
GREECE - CIRCA 2003: Aerial view of the archaeological site on Delos Island (Unesco World Heritage List, 1990), Greece. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900: Greece - Southern Aegean - Cyclades Islands - Delos Island (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1990). Cistern near the Theatre. Detail. (Photo By DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)
Greece Cyclades Islands Delos. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: Tourists in a ruined temple, Sanctuary Of Dionysus, Delos, Cyclades Islands, Southern Aegean, Greece (Photo by De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JULY 24: High angle view of ruins of buildings on an island, House of Cleopatra, Delos, Cyclades, South Aegean, Greece (Photo by DEA / A. GAROZZO/De Agostini/Getty Images)
GREECE - MAY 16: View of the archaeological area on Delos island (Unesco World Heritage List, 1990), Greece. Greek civilisation. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: Low angle view of two headless statue, House Of Cleopatra, Cyclades Islands, Southern Aegean, Greece (Photo by De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: High angle view of a mosaic floor, House Of The Dolphins, Delos, Cyclades Islands, Southern Aegean, Greece (Photo by De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: Tourist in a temple, Sanctuary Of Dionysus, Delos, Cyclades Islands, Southern Aegean, Greece (Photo by De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: Old ruins of a temple, Temple Of Apollo, Delos, Cyclades Islands, Southern Aegean, Greece (Photo by De Agostini/Getty Images)
A water taxi in the Aegean Sea near Delos
UNSPECIFIED - NOVEMBER 01: Greece - Delos - temple of Apollo (Photo by De Agostini Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images)
Epidavros, GREECE: TO GO WITH AFP STORY : Grece-archeologie-UE-tourisme A couple of tourists read information about the ' Tholos of Polykleitos ', still under constraction, at the ancient site of Epidavros, 200 kilometers south of Athens, 29 September 2006. Several studies of significant projects of restoration have much advanced concerning the famous sites of Nemea and Epidavros in the Peloponnese and Delos in Cyclades. In Epidavros, a commission applies to the restoration of the Tholos, the large emblematic rotunda of the site of Asclepios, the Greek god of medicine. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Epidavros, GREECE: TO GO WITH AFP STORY : Grece-archeologie-UE-tourisme A view of the ' Tholos of Polykleitos ', still under constriction, at the ancient site of Epidavros, 200 kilometers south of Athens, 29 September 2006. Several studies of significant projects of restoration have much advanced concerning the famous sites of Nemea and Epidavros in the Peloponnese and Delos in Cyclades. In Epidavros, a commission applies to the restoration of the Tholos, the large emblematic rotunda of the site of Asclepios, the Greek god of medicine. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 04: Silver coin depicting a goddess, from the island of Delos. Greek coins. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GREECE - CIRCA 2003: Ruins of the The meeting hall of the Poseidoniasts of Beirut, Delos island (Unesco World Heritage List, 1990), Greece. Greek civilisation. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GREECE - CIRCA 2002: Temple ruins and marble columns near the sacred lake in Delos (UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1990), Cyclades Islands, Greece. Greek civilization. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GREECE - CIRCA 2002: The tholos of Athena Pronaia in Delos (UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1990), Cyclades Islands, Greece. Greek civilization, 4th Century BC. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GREECE - CIRCA 2002: Nassi Portico in Delos (UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1990), Cyclades Islands, Greece. Greek civilization, 6th Century BC. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GREECE - CIRCA 2002: The terrace of lions in marble from Naxos, in Delos (UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1990), Cyclades Islands, Greece. Greek civilization, end of the 7th Century BC. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GREECE - CIRCA 2002: Semicircular marble recess or exedra on the procession route in Delos (UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1990), Cyclades Islands, Greece. Greek civilization. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GREECE - CIRCA 2002: Mosaic floor and Hellenistic house and column in Delos (UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1990), Cyclades Islands, Greece. Greek civilization. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1997: Roman civilization, 2nd century b.C Statue of Roman athlete or character, marble, h.2.25 m. From Delos. (Photo By DEA PICTURE LIBRARY/De Agostini/Getty Images)
Portrait of American furniture designer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905 - 1976) as he sits at a stone table on a bench among ruins on the island of Delos, Greece, 1961. He designed the furniture based on designs seen in ancient Greek paintings and sculptures. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Greece, 1928, Greece, Excavations at Delos, On the slopes of Mount Cynthus, the great theatre of Delos, with tiers that could seat up to 10, 000 spectators. (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)
Greece, 1928, Excavations at Delos, A hostelry in the merchant area. (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)
Landscape with Aeneas at Delos, 1672. Found in the collection of the National Gallery, London. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900: Greece - Cyclades Islands - Delos Island (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1990). Terrace of the Lions (access from the shrine of Apollo) which takes its name from the five marble lion statues of Naxos, 7th century b.C. (Photo By DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900: Greece - Southern Aegean - Cyclades Islands - Delos, archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1990). The Minoan Fountain, 6th century b.C. (Photo By DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)
Mosaics, Delos, Nr. Mykonos, Greece
Archeological site of Delos Cyclades islands
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The pottery remains are where the Pompeii comparisons come in because researchers found similar workshops in the ancient ruins off the Italians coast. This Greek island itself has an interesting history.

In Greek mythology, the God of the sun, music and various other things (a Jack-of-all-trades God, it seems) Apollo, was born on Delos. He was the son of Zeus.

And according to the "Rough Guide to Greece," to add to Delos' quirkiness, no one was allowed to die or give birth on the island.

Given the island's history, it has long been an important historic site. Before the "underwater Pompeii" findings, the ruins were just thought to be a port. Archaeologists are planning further research.


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