A team of researchers from the University of Gothenburg have started to explore the remains which were found near a village called Vlochós, five hours north of Athens. While some of the ruins of the lost city have been already discovered before, they had been dismissed as a part of an irrelevant settlement on a hill. However now archaeologists agreed that this city holds a huge historical significance.
The leader of the team, Robin Ronnlund :“A colleague and I came across the site in connection with another project last year, and we realized the great potential right away.”“The fact that nobody has ever explored the hill before is a mystery.”
The archaeological remains are scattered on and around the Strongilovoúni hill on the great Thessalian plains and can be dated to several historical periods. The team cooperated with researchers from the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa and found the remains of towers, walls and city gates on the summit and slopes of the hill. So far scientists are trying to avoid the excavation and use such methods as ground- penetrating radar instead. This way will allow them to leave the site in the very same condition they found it.
Just in the first two weeks of field work in September researchers managed to find an ancient pottery and coins dating back to around 500 BC. According to Mr Ronnlund, the lost 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. The second part of the investigation is planned for August next year.
Mr Ronnlund said: “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.”
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