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by Archaeology Newsroom

The sallt marsh of Leukada island

The salt marsh, a complex creation of human energy and natural construction, represents a homogeneous entity of historic, social and technical interest. The first salt marshes on the island of Leukada date from around 1415, during the period of the Latin conquest, and caused the creation of the suburb Amaxiki. Soon after the occupation of the island by the Venetians in 1684, the salt marshes were expanded, their number was increased by new ones, such those of Torretta, and all were perfectly organized. Their remnants, which have been preserved up to the present, are now endangered to be completely destroyed, thus depriving us of the impressive and valuable technological achievements that were in use until 1948.