A team of British, Swedish, and Greek archaeologists reported unearthing the ruins of an ancient city in Thessaly. The momentous discovery was announced shortly after another team of archaeologists discovered two hovels and a cemetery in Egypt.
Coined as one of the most significant archaeological breakthroughs since the discovery of Troy in 1868 by Heinrich Schliemann and Frank Calvert. The ancient city lies on the top of a hill overlooking a Greek village just five hours away from the Athene, the country’s capital city.
The ruins of an ancient city, which has yet to receive a name, were discovered by a team of Greek, British, and Swedish archaeologists. The study of the ruins is part of a larger project called Vlochos Archaeological Project, named after the village where the ruins were discovered.
This project was funded by Swedish Institute from Athens and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa. As for the team which made the momentous discovery, it consisted of members from the University of Bournemouth and from the University of Gothenburg.
Robin Ronnlund, Ph.D. in ancient history and classical archaeology and the leader of the project, declared that the city was discovered after analyzing another historical site during an expedition which took place in 2015.
After carefully examining the site, which overlooks the village of Vlochos, the international team of archaeologists discovered the remains of what used to be a city gate, walls, and watch towers. However, the team wishes to leave the site undisturbed, and, to this end, they will use only non-invasive investigative techniques like ground-penetrating radar in order to map the ruins of the ancient city.
The team leader’s confirmed that other elements have been discovered during their excavations such as city street grids and an area which hints of a town square. According to their estimates, the city covered an area of approximately 99 acres and unearthed pottery fragments revealed that the ruins are at least 2,500-years old.
The discovery of the ruins of the ancient Greek city is even more intriguing taking into account that there was no proof that a great city even existed in this region of Thessaly. Ronnlund and his colleagues agree that the city might have been abandoned as the result of the Roman conquest campaign, but this remains to be proved.
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