Archaeologists have discovered a 2,500-year-old lost city in Greece.
Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the University of Bournemouth have started exploring the previously unknown ancient city at a village called Vlochós, five hours north of Athens.
While some of the ruins were already known, they had been dismissed as the remains of a small, irrelevant settlement on a hill the leader of the team, Robin Ronnlund, said in a 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.
The team discovered ancient finds, including pottery and coins, dating back to around 500 BC during their first two weeks of field work in September, according to Swedish news site The Local.
After that period, the city – which measures 40 hectares inside the city wall – is believed to have flourished from the fourth to third century BC, before it was abandoned – possibly because of the Roman conquest of the area.
The team hope to avoid excavation and use ground-penetrating radar instead which will allow them to leave the site in the same condition they found it.
A second field project is planned for August next year.
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.
What an amazing find.