A team of researchers has recently unearthed an ancient city among the hills of Vlochós in Greece. Situated in what was once called the “backwater of the ancient world”, the remains of the now-ruined city were found near the village of Vlochós, some 300 km from the capital city of Athens. The evidence, which dates back to around 500 BC, offers valuable insights in the country’s ancient past.
The research was conducted as part of the Vlochós Archaeological Project (VLAP) by archaeologists from the Swedish Institute at Athens, the University of Gothenburg and the Karditsa archaeological service. Their survey uncovered pottery fragments, coins as well as the battered remains of the ancient city’s walls, towers and gates. Instead of invasive techniques like excavation, the team relied on ground-penetrating radar (GPR) for the purpose of examination.
Thanks to this advanced technology, the researchers were able to locate the now-buried street grid and town square. Based on their observations, the archaeologists believe that the entire city stretched over an area of over 40 hectares (approx. 100 acres). Speaking about the amazing discovery, Robin Rönnlund, the team’s field leader and a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, 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.
According to the team, the region was a thriving city during the fourth and the third centuries BC, following which it was mysteriously abandoned. This turn of events, the researchers believe, could have been the result of the arrival of the Romans. Rönnlund added:
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…The fact that nobody has never explored the hill before is a mystery.
Source: University of Gothenburg