Pavlopetri: City Be­neath the Waves

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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