Greece’s culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy.
A ministry statement said excavations from September to early October in the southern Greek region of the Peleponnese turned up “proof of the existence of the ancient city” of Tenea, until now known mostly from ancient texts.
Finds included walls and clay, marble or stone floors of buildings, as well as household pottery, a bone gaming die and more than 200 coins dating from the 4th century B.C. to late Roman times.
A pottery jar containing the remains of two human fetuses was also found amid the foundations of one building. That was unusual, as the ancient Greeks typically buried their dead in organized cemeteries outside the city walls.
Lead archaeologist Elena Korka, who has been excavating in…
On This Day
- 1919: King Alexander married Aspasia Manou - a commoner - in secrecy, in Athens.
- 1968: Alekos Panagoulis was sentenced to death for his attempt to assassinate dictator George Papadopoulos.
- 1973: Tanks tore down the gates of the Polytechnic Institute in Athens ending the student protests against the military government of Greece. 16 students died during the confrontation.
- 1989: Riots took place in Athens on the 16th anniversary of the attack on the Athens Polytechnic Institute: One student was killed and dozens were injured as protesters sought to march on the embassy of the USA.
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- Deaths: Alexandros Papanastasiou (1936), politician, Prime Minister; Giorgos Mitsakis (1993), composer.