Research and excavations by researchers from Gothenburg University are uncovering a previously unknown Greek city. The site has been discovered 5 hours north of Athens near the village of Vlochós.
The site itself which overlooks the plains of Western Thessaly is primarily concentrated on and immediately below Strongilovoúni, an isolated hill towering 215 m above the surrounding region. The ancient remains of the site have never been thoroughly examined and were for a long time believed to be little more than an insignificant hill settlement, the new excavations are quickly proving that the settlement was much more important than previously thought.
The most striking visible remains at the site are the well-preserved fortifications, in some places still 2.5 m tall, and the lower slopes below the hill also show clear indications of the site being the location of an extensive urban settlement with approximately 40 ha inside the city walls themselves.
Preliminary results of a variety of surveys suggest that there are remains of an urban environment with streets and houses as well as a lower fortification wall. The oldest finds discovered thus far suggest date the city to approximately 500BC.
Photo credit: the Swedish Institute at Athens, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa, and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport.
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