What we know till date about the ancient cities throughout the world are not enough. Many lost cities are still under the soil and out of our knowledge. No one knows how many of these yet to be discovered. A team of international researchers at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg has uncovered an ancient city in central Greece on the Thessalian plains, about 560 kilometres north of Athens. The ruins of the 2,500-year-old lost city in a village called Vlochós are much wider than anyone can expect.
This discovery can change the previous view of the area which was earlier has been known a backwater of the ancient world.
The remains are dispersed in and around the Strongilovoúni hill on the great Thessalian plains. Earlier it was unnoticed as it was assumed to be a small village’s ruins which were of little archaeological interest.
Team leader and PhD student in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Gothenburg, Robin Rönnlund said, “What used to be considered remains of some irrelevant settlement on a hill can now be upgraded to remains of a city of higher significance than previously thought, and this after only one season.”
The archaeologists found evidence of walls, towers and a city gate above ground. To know what was there they used ground-penetrating radar systems and found the evidence of a town square and a much larger urban sprawl than previously thought. The area inside the city wall measures over 99 acre which is equal to 75 football fields.
Rönnlund further said that they want to continue using radar instead of excavating the area to keep the area undamaged. It also means there will not be a treasure trove of artefacts lifted from the site.
“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.”
He added they also found ancient coins and pottery which can help to date the city. “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.”
These findings are known from the team’s first expedition to the site in September 2016 and there’s lot to be discovered during the next season.