Discovery to air “City Beneath the Waves: Pavlopetri”

Archaeologists resurrect the world's oldest submerged city using an array of data-mapping and CGI techniques in a one-hour special due to air on the U.S. cable net on June 2.
May 30, 2012

Discovery Channel will air a one-hour special about the excavation of the world’s oldest submerged city Pavlopetri on June 2 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

Produced by BBC, City Beneath the Waves: Pavlopetri will use CGI to map and reconstruct the sunken city, which is off the coast of southern Greece. The explorers also use acoustic and digital maritime survey techniques and a ‘stereo-photogrammetry’ robot to record the entire city, stone by stone, in photo-realistic 3D.

Underwater archaeologist Dr. Jon Henderson, along with Dr. Nicholas Flemming, the man who discovered Pavlopetri in 1967, and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture work alongside a team from Sydney University that includes a movie visual effects expert to digitally recreate Pavlopetri using the new archeological data.

Pavlopetri has been submerged beneath the ocean for more than 3,000 years. It remains a complete city, with streets, buildings, courtyards and tombs and its layout is exactly as it was when it existed from approximately 2,800 to 1,000 BC.

Gary Hunter is the executive producer for BBC and Susan Winslow serves as executive producer for Discovery Channel.

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