The rise of the Aegean Sea threatens the ruins of the Greek island of Delos

Rising sea levels in the Aegean are endangering one of the most valuable archaeological treasures in the world: the ruins of the island of Delos. This site, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, houses vestiges of a civilization dating back more than 3,000 years.

Delos, located in the heart of the Cyclades archipelago, has been a religious and commercial center since ancient times. The island is famous for its temples, theaters and other ancient structures that have fascinated archaeologists and tourists for decades. However, rising sea levels due to climate change are threatening these historical relics.

According to a recent report by the Greek Institute of Oceanography, the Aegean Sea has experienced an increase in its level of approximately 20 centimeters in the last 50 years. This rise has led to coastal erosion and the infiltration of saline water into previously protected areas, damaging structures and the foundations of old buildings.

Archaeologists and conservationists are extremely concerned. “The situation is critical,” said Dr. Nikos Papadopoulos, a leading archaeologist who has worked on Delos for more than a decade. “If we do not take immediate action, we could lose significant parts of this invaluable heritage.”

Greek authorities are working on an emergency plan to mitigate the effects of rising seas. This includes building barriers to protect the most vulnerable areas and implementing drainage systems to prevent water from accumulating in the ruins. In addition, the possibility of moving some of the most valuable pieces to museums and safer places is being considered.

However, these efforts require considerable international funding and collaboration. UNESCO has called on the global community to support conservation efforts at Delos, underscoring the importance of preserving this site for future generations.

Meanwhile, visitors continue to flock to Delos, eager to explore its ancient ruins and absorb the island's rich history. The hope is that, with a concerted effort, this historic site can be protected from growing environmental challenges and continue to be a source of knowledge and inspiration for the entire world.