As an archeological team from the University of Cambridge continued to excavate the site, one of the obvious questions that arose was how old it is. According to World Monuments Fund, archeologists have dated Pavlopetri back to the third millennium B.C., and it remained occupied until around 1100 B.C. Based on these dates, Pavlopetri is the oldest submerged city in the world. In addition to the nearly flawless preservation of the city’s structures, other objects like tableware and Minoan jars were also found. The discovery of such objects gives us a chance to look back and really see how these ancient people lived.

Because of its historical significance, in 2016, Pavlopetri was claimed as a site under the World’s Monument Watch, which is supported by the World Monuments Fund, according to Make Heritage Fun. Looters target Pavlopetri for its artifacts, and it’s reportedly in danger of being destroyed and/or damaged from pollution caused by large ships anchoring in nearby bays. Efforts are now being made to focus on the education and protection of this spectacular archeological find.