Remains of an ancient settlement, complete with a ruined pottery workshop, have been found on the bottom of the Aegean sea off the small island of Delos, the Greek ministry of culture has announced.
Dubbed by the Greek media "a small underwater Pompeii," the structures lay at a depth of just 6 feet on the northeastern coast of Delos.
"In the past these ruins were identified as port facilities," the culture ministry said.
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But a new investigation by the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Ephorate of Undersea Archaeology, led to different conclusions. Rather than a dock, a pottery workshop and other buildings once stood at the site.
Archaeologists found 16 terracotta pots and remains of a kiln embedded in the sea floor.
"Similar workshops have been found in Pompeii and Herculaneum," the ministry said.
Large stones were found lined in front of the workshop remains. According to the archaeologists, they were probably part of the settlement's waterfront.