A team of archaeologists think they’ve found a lost Greek island that was home to the ancient city of Kane, the site of an epic sea battle between Athens and Sparta in 406 B.C.
After drilling into a peninsula near the Arginusae Islands, researchers found its rocks were made of loose sediment and soil, suggesting the area was once completely surrounded by water.
The theory that the peninsula is the lost island is supported by the discovery of pottery, ceramics and the ruins of a submerged harbour.
The battle of Arginusae was one of the major events in the 30-year Peloponnesian War that devastated ancient Greece.
Despite being less experienced, the Sparta were overpowered by the Athenians. But it was a hollow victory for the Athenians as six of their eight victorious generals were executed for failing to save the crews of ships lost during the battle.
“It destroyed the morale of Athenian commanders and led indirectly to total defeat a year later,” Cornell University’s Barry Strauss told National Geographic.