Ancient Aegean Island Rediscovered By Archaeologists

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Is This The Long Lost City Of Kane?

A team of archaeologists have made an amazing discovery on a Turkish Peninsula. It turns out that the Island they have effectively rediscovered is the ancient City of Kane. The Island was referred to over 2000 years ago and was originally one of 3 that formed the Arginus Islands. Two of the islands are still there and are now known as the Garip Islands.

An analysis of pottery shards, architecture, and other historic remnants in the nearby Bademli village helped the team identify the island, which linked up to the mainland to form the tip of the peninsula thanks to thousands of years of sediment build-up. The team drilled down into the filled-up gap that once separated Kane from the Turkish coast to discover that it was made up of loose soil and rock.

“It had been a matter of discussion if the islands here were the Arginus Islands or not until our research began,” one of the team, archaeologist Felix Pirson from the German Archaeology Institute, told the Doğan News Agency.

“But then we revealed that the ancient Kane was located on an island in the past. The strait between this island and the land was filled with alluviums and created this peninsula. We will get more evident information after examining the geological samples.”

It’s not every day you locate a long-lost ancient city, and it’s even rarer that the city in question played a vital role in human history, as Kane once did. “It is understood that this place was like a way station among important routes such as Lesbos and Adramytteion [today Edremit] in the north and Elaia [Zeytindağ], the main harbour of the ancient city of Pergamon, in the south,” said one of the researchers, Güler Ateş from Turkey’s Celal Bayar University.

The Battle of Arginusae actually took place very close to the City of Kane and was at the back end of the 27 year Peloponnesian war. The Arthenians won the battle against the Spartans but 25 Arthenian ships crew were left stranded and it followed that a number of their commanders were Though the Athenians won the battle, the crews of 25 Athenian ships were left stranded with a number of the commanders executed for poor leadership!

 

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