Archaeologists have discovered a 2,500-year-old lost city in Greece around a small village called Vlochós, 190 miles north of Athens.
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A team of researchers from University of Bournemouth and the University of Gothenburg investigated the ruins that were earlier assumed to be part of a settlement on a nearby hill. “A colleague and I came across the site in connection with another project last year, and we realised the great potential right away,” said Robin Rönnlund, a PhD student in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Gothenburg.
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“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 [0.15 sq miles].”
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 ever explored the hill before is a mystery.”
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Two weeks into their investigation, the archaeologists found ancient pottery and coins from 500 BC.They believe that the ancient city was abandoned around 300BC.
According to Rönnlund, the Roman conquest might have caused locals to flee their homes. “Very little is known about ancient cities in the region,” Rönnlund said.
“Our project fills an important gap in the knowledge of the area and shows that a lot remains to be discovered in the Greek soil,” he added. Researchers hope that this discovery will reveal more about the Roman conquest of Greece.
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