Pavlopetri: City Beneath the Waves
Sunday, 7.30pm, SBS One Off the southern coast of mainland Greece lie the ruins of a city founded more than 5000 years ago. For 2000 years, things in Pavlopetri were just peachy. The people lived in twostorey dwellings stacked side-by-side in a way we would recognise today. By the time the Bronze Age city was submerged 3000 years ago, it had flushing toilets and the beginnings of writing. But as advanced as the good citizens were, nothing could prepare them for a seismic shift that saw their city swallowed by the sea. In this documentary, an international team led by led by Scottish underwater archeologist Jon Henderson hopes to unlock the secrets of the sunken city. But their ambition is not just to dig about in the ruins. They plan to digitally rebuild the city, stone by stone. Some remarkable CGI effects show us the city reconstructed before our eyes. As a matter of fact it looks a lot like Newtown in Sydney’s inner west, or West End in Brisbane. Henderson is more modest in his appraisal. He says it is an underwater Pompeii, a settlement frozen in time.