Ancient Lost City Discovered Under Greek Hill

Posted: Dec 13 2016, 11:30pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 13 2016, 11:42pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Ancient Lost City Discovered under Greek Hill
Ruins seen on the hill of Strongilovoúni in western Thessaly. Credit: SIA/EFAK/YPPOA
 

The discovery of an ancient Greek city may provide clues to other ancient cities in the region

An expedition to Greece has announced the discovery of an ancient city, never explored before.

The remnants of the ‘lost city’ have been scattered on and around Strongilovoúni - a hill above the vast plains of Western Thessaly near Athens but they were always considered the backwater of prehistoric world.

Ruins of towers, gates and walls sitting atop the slopes of the hill have been well known for almost two centuries, indicating the presence of more extensive settlement. But no one knew what is lying underneath those remains. 

Recently, a team of archeologists visited the site and penetrated through the site using noninvasive methods such as radar technology. Researchers avoided excavation so that the archeological site can be protected from damage and retain its original state.

Researchers estimate that the ancient city existed and flourished around 2, 500 years ago before it was abandoned for some reason. The initial on-field research was completed in September this year.

“We found a town square and a street grid that indicate that we are dealing with quite a large city. The area inside the city wall measures over 40 hectares. We also found ancient pottery and coins that can help to date the city,” said Robin Rönnlund, a student in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Gothenburg and leader of the fieldwork. 

“Our oldest finds are from around 500 BC, but the city seems to have flourished mainly from the fourth to the third century BC before it was abandoned for some reason, maybe in connection with the Roman conquest of the area.”

Researchers believe that this ancient city can offer new clues to the history of Greek cities, which is largely unknown.

“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,” said Rönnlund.

“Our project therefore fills an important gap in the knowledge about the area and shows that a lot of remains to be discovered in the Greek soil.”

 

 

 

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