In Greece, discovered an ancient city with 2500 years of age

In Greece, discovered an ancient city with 2500 years of age

Archaeologists from a joint Swedish-Greek project Vlochos Archaeological Project have discovered an ancient city in Thessaly, in Central Greece.

According to scientists, the age of discovery is about 2500 years old. The results of the excavations reported in a press release from Gothenburg University in detail about it in the blog project.

The hill where the researchers found the ancient city, located near the village Vlahos (Vlochós) 300 kilometers North of Athens.

That there are the ruins of the ancient settlement, has been known since the mid-nineteenth century; they are reported, Europeans who travelled to the Ottoman Empire. Until recently, however, systematic study of ancient buildings was carried out.

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The hill, where excavations were carried out, and findings.

In August-September this year, archaeologists have studied ancient settlement with radar and photogrammetry. They like to avoid excavation and to keep the hill intact, so were, for the most part, “non-contact” methods of research. However, the researchers did a little digging.

They found that instead of a small village under the hill lies the real city, surrounded by walls.

Using the “contactless” methods, the researchers estimated the total area of over 40 hectares.

In addition to the walls, they found the town square, the street, as well as ceramic shards and coins. The oldest artifacts dated to the late sixth century BC; according to archaeologists, the city flourished in the IV—III centuries BC. First, they decided that approximately in II century BC its inhabitants left after the conquest by the Romans.

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“About the ancient cities in this region very little is known. Many researchers still believed that in ancient times the Western Thessaly was a backwater. However, our project allows you to fill in a gap in the history of this area and shows that much remains to be discovered,” says the head of the excavation rennlund Swede Robin (Robin Rönnlund) from the University of Gothenburg.

Apparently, the tribes of the thessalians had migrated into Thessaly from the neighbouring mountain of Epirus in the IX century BC and is absorbed or replaced the indigenous peoples. In the VII century BC the area started to edit aristocratic family. The thessalian city-States created the Union and was elected Supreme leader. They are usually for life became the ruler of the largest city of the region, Larissa.

In 480 BC the country was conquered by the Persians and the thessalians remained nothing how to join the troops of the invaders. In the middle of the fourth century Thessaly was seized by the Macedonian king Philip. The thessalian cavalry became part of the Macedonian army and later accompanied Alexander the great during the conquest. In the beginning of II century BC Thessaly, like the rest of Greece, was won by Roman troops, and it became the Roman province of Macedonia.

Ekaterina Rusakova

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