Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities: 35 years of underwater surveys

For the needs of the new museum of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in Pylos, a short documentary was produced for the announcement and promotion of the Ephorate’s work and contribution to maritime archaeology and underwater investigation in Greece the last 35 years.

The Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (E.U.A) was founded in 1976 as a special branch of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, based in Athens and its domain includes the entire Hellenic State.

Since its establishment until the present day, E.E.A is competent to investigate, protect, conserve and promote the Underwater Cultural Heritage of the Hellenic State.

According to the relevant legal framework in Greece, all the ancient shipwrecks, the submerged settlements, the ancient harbours and port constructions as well as the artifacts of all kind which are discovered in the sea, the lakes or the rivers are considered part of the Hellenic Underwater Cultural Heritage.

During the 35 years of its activation, regardless of the under-staffing and the poor financing, the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities has demonstrated a major contribution to the development of maritime archaeology and underwater investigation in Greece.


Director: Vasilis Mentogiannis

Scientific Supervisor: Dr. Angeliki Simosi, Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities

Narration: Theodora Siarkou

Editing: Nikos Konitsiotis

Sound Editing – Titles: Αntonis Delaportas

Producer: UFR team

Production: Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities/ Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism 2011©


Duration: 10 min
Format: High Definition 16:9 
Language: Greek 
Subtitles: English