Sunday 22 April 2018

Lost city dating back 2,500 years discovered by archaeologists

Lost Greek City: Fortress walls, towers and city gates are clearly visible from the air (SIA/EFAK/YPPOA)
Lost Greek City: Fortress walls, towers and city gates are clearly visible from the air (SIA/EFAK/YPPOA)
Lost Greek City: A fragment of red-figure pottery from the late 6th century BC (SIA/EFAK/YPPOA)

Samuel Osborne

Archaeologists have discovered a 2,500-year-old lost city in Greece.

The fact the city, just five hours from Athens, remained unexplored is a "mystery" according to researchers.

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and University of Bournemouth have begun exploring the ruins at a village called Vlochos when they made the discovery.

Ruins such as towers, walls and city gates have no been unearthed.

While some of the ruins were already known, they had been dismissed as part of an irrelevant settlement on a hill, the leader of the team, Robin Ronnlund, said.

"A colleague and I came across the site in connection with another project last year, and we realised the great potential right away.

"The fact that nobody has ever explored the hill before is a mystery," he said.

It is hoped the site will remain in the same condition after it has been excavated  -  thanks to new technology.

They hope to avoid traditional excavation and use methods such as ground-penetrating radar instead.

During their first two weeks of field work in September, they have discovered an ancient pottery and coins dating back to around 500 BC.

Mr Ronnlund said the city appears to have flourished from the fourth to the third century BC before it was abandoned — possibly because of the Roman conquest of the area.

A second field project is planned for August next year.

"Very little is known about ancient cities in the region, and many researchers have previously believed that western Thessaly was somewhat of a backwater during Antiquity.

"Our project therefore fills an important gap in the knowledge about the area and shows that a lot remains to be discovered in the Greek soil," he added.

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