Swedes unearth lost city in Greece

Archaeologists realise minor site is something far bigger
A team of archaeologists from the universities of Gothenburg in Sweden and Bournemouth in the UK are exploring the remains of a lost ancient city near the village of Vlochós, on Strongilovoúni hill, north of Athens.
They believe the 2,500-year-old city could provide insight into some of the mysteries of the ancient Greek civilization.
Until now, ruins at the site had been dismissed as a minor settlement, but the researchers suspected it could be far more significant. They found that the area within the city wall measured over 40 hectares.
“I think it is [an] incredibly big [deal], because it’s something thought to be a small village that turns out to be a city, with a structured network of streets and a square,” team leader Robin Rönnlund tells The Local.
He said in a separate statement: “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.”
Finds so far include ancient pottery and coins dating back to around 500 BC, but the city is believed to have flourished from the fourth to third century BC. Remains of city gates and towers have also been located.
The Local


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