Lost ancient city dating back 2,500 years discovered by archaeologists in Greece (video)

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Lost ancient city dating back 2,500 years discovered by archaeologists in Greece (video)Fortress walls, towers and city gates of the lost ancient city at Vlochos are clearly visible from the air Photo Source: SIA/EFAK/YPPOA

Archaeologists have discovered a 2,500-year-old lost city in Greece, only a five-hour drive north of Athens.

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the University of Bournemouth have begun exploring the ruins at a village called Vlochos, around 300km (190 miles) north of Athens.

Some of the ruins themselves were already known, but have been dismissed as "part of an irrelevant settlement on a hill", the leader of the team, Robin Ronnlund, announced in a statement.

He added that "a colleague and I came across the site in connection with another project last year, and we realised the great potential right away. The fact that nobody has ever explored the hill before is a mystery."

Ronnlund underlined that the city appears to have flourished from the fourth to the third century BC before it was abandoned — possibly because of the Roman conquest of the area and noted: 

"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 his statement: "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. We also found ancient pottery and coins that 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."
Scientists hope that using modern technology to excavate the site will help preserve it since one of those technologies is groun-penetrating radar which will allow the dig to be more precise.

The team also includes researchers from the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa while a second field project is planned for August next year.

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