Ruins of Zakynthos are a Natural Phenomenon

zakynthosIt turns out that what scientists thought were the ruins of an ancient city in the gulf of Alykanas in Zakynthos, Greece, was in fact the result of a rare natural geological phenomenon that took place at least 5,000 years ago.

A study was published on Wednesday conducted by Dr. Michael Stamatakis, archeologist Magdalene Athanasoula, and technical expert Petros Tsampourakis, indicating that the findings were not in fact man-made. However there was no evidence of a similar geological phenomenon occurring elsewhere, so Dr. Stamatakis, who has been studying the island’s geology, is trying to find out what the origin could be.

The chemical and mineralogical test showed high levels of magnesium, calcium and iron carbonates, which are usually found around vents in loose deposits of aluminosilicate.

Deputy Mayor of Zakynthos Akis Ladikos mentioned that this phenomenon is unique to the world, so the scientists must conduct more test in order to provide further details. He also noted that he expects this to direct more scientific, and of course tourist, interest towards the Greek island.


  1. I find it funny that every time that a group of scientists discover submerged ruins a different group immediately says that the formations are natural.
    Although I have not seen the Greek site, I have seen the Yonaguni site in Japan and I have read a lot about the site in Cuba that was discovered by Canadian researchers a decade ago.
    Both the Japanese and Cuban sites are clearly artificial structures, yet there is a group of ‘experts’ who keep stating that the ruins are natural.
    These experts have to say that the sites must be natural, because if they were made by humans, it indicates that humans could build advanced structures more than 12,000 years ago. The ‘experts’ only get jobs if they agree that humans could only build such sites no earlier than 6000 years ago.

  2. It often boils down to which designation; man made or natural formation, attracts the most tourist euros and media attention.


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