They discover new sections of the Vergina wall

They discover new sections of the Vergina wall

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An excavation of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) at the archaeological site of Vergina, you have discovered an exceptional fortification structure surrounding the ancient city of Macedonia.

According to an announcement by the University, the architectural elements of the site indicate that its origin dates back to the reign of Cassander, in the 3rd century BC, a period in which Macedonia was plagued by major unrest, such as civil wars and attacks. of the outside.

The results of the excavation are of extraordinary importance since the wall is preserved in perfect condition and its height reaches 1.90 cm. The team of archaeologists has also unearthed a large number of discoveries such as charred seeds and food dating back to the first centuries after Christ.

The new sections of the important Vergina defensive wall, the best surviving fortifications in Macedonia, have been revealed by an excavation team from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki under the command of Associate Professor Fakalis Panayotis. The excavation ended on November 25.

This is one of the most remarkable conservation finds of the ancient city of Vergina. In the northeast section of the fortification, where this team has focused, the wall was revealed, being in excellent condition and with a considerable height.

The tower wall reaches the imposing thickness of 2.80 cm, which aided by the solid semicircular and rectangular towers, which made it almost impregnable. The accessibility to the towers and battlements was done through stone stairs, of which five have already been studied.

Small doors have been found next to the towers that were used as exits to surprise the enemy. Throughout the revealed part of the wall, it can be seen that the construction was a mixture of integrated but second-hand materials, probably originating from constructions of other buildings in the city.

All the architectural features of the wall, as well as the archaeological evidence, suggest that the construction dates back to the days of Cassander, after the third century BC, a troubled time for Macedonia.

The location of the ancient city, on the road from the ports of Pidna and Methoni to Upper Macedonia, required its strengthening in order to guarantee and control this important space.

In addition to the discovery of this great monument, a series of artifacts complements the image of civil life in the city, especially during the 1st and 2nd centuries, dates between which some remains of food such as charred vegetable seeds, cereals and bones were dated. olive.

Source: Xpat Athens

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