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Archaeologists discover a lost Greek city in the Aegean Sea

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The ancient city of Kane is no longer lost. Archaeologists have discovered an island in the Aegean Sea where they believe the city — the site of the famous Battle of Arginusae between the Athenians and Spartans in 406 B.C. — once existed.

After examining underground rock layers from a peninsula in the Aegean near the western Izmir province of Turkey, researchers confirmed that they had indeed discovered one of the Arginus islands mentioned in ancient texts.The strait separating the lost island from the mainland appeared to have filled with silt over time, transforming the island into a peninsula. Further examination of archaeological remains and ceramics in the peninsula village suggested that this was where the ancient city of Kane once existed.

“It was not clear that these lands were actually the Arginus islands that we were looking for until our research,” Felix Pirson of the German Archaeological Institute said. “By examining the geological samples obtained through the core-drill method, we recognized that the gap between the third Arginus island and the mainland was indeed filled with loose soil and rock, creating the existing peninsula.”

The other two Arginus islands still exist today and are now known as the Garip islands. The discovered island, along with being the site of a major battle at the end of the 27-year Peloponnesian War, is also believed to have been a major harbor. Becca Stanek

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