Aerial view of the Akropolis

An ancient underground city in Greece has been discovered! An archaeologist from the university of Gothenburg uncovered and explored the ruins of an ancient Greek city called Vlochos. The underground city is settled atop a hill on the great Thessalian plains of Greece, around 560 kilometers from north of Athens.

An aerial view of the city
An aerial view of the city. Image: SIA/EFAK/YPPOA

The Greek-Swedish collaborative project called VLAP is behind this research. Archaeologists from the said Ephorate (Greece), the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the University of Bournemouth jointly investigated the ruins. Archeological remains around the Vlochos has been known for at least 200 years, but scientist was unsure about its size. There has been several different theories about what the remains represent, all based on more or less unsystematic observations. This is the first time that results clearly shows that the remains represent an ancient city. Archeologist, Robin Rönnlund said that the team found a town square and a street grid that indicate that they are dealing with quite a large city. The area inside the city wall measures over 40 hectares. They also discovered towers, walls, and a city gate above ground.

Researchers also found ancient pottery and coins. This can help them to date the city. They suppose that the city was populated from the fourth to the third century BC. From some reason, the city was abandoned. Probably it is connected with the Roman conquest of the area.

The team uses radar in order to keep remains intact. There will be no collecting of artifacts or any other finds. As it is very little known about ancient cities in this area, the team will continue with exploration. They hope they will manage to fill the gap in the knowledge about the area and reveals who lived in the city, how big it was, and what caused its population to eventually abandon it.