Vlochos Archaeological Project

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The Vlochos Archaeological Project (VLAP) is a collaboration between the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa and the Swedish Institute at Athens, with participating archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg and Bournemouth University. Examining the extensive remains of a Classical-Hellenistic urban site at Vlochós in the municipality of Palamás, the project aims at expanding scholarly knowledge of ancient Western Thessaly.

The site at Vlochós is concentrated on and immediately below Strongilovoúni, an isolated hill towering 215 m above the vast plains of Western Thessaly. The ancient remains have never been systematically examined, and – apart from some brief descriptions – has rarely figured in scholarly literature. Most striking of the visible remains at the site are the well-preserved fortifications, at points still 2.5 m high, but the lower slopes below the hill show clear indications of being the location of an extensive urban settlement, now covered by silt and sediment from the nearby river Enipeas. The aim of VLAP is to acquire an overview of the remains at the site using non-invasive methods such as magnetometry, ground penetrating radar, drone photogrammetry, and GPS surveying.

More information can be found on our project website 


The 2016 VLAP team


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Project Team

  • Maria Vaïopoulou
    Project Director and Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kardítsa
  • Prof. Helène Whittaker
    Project Director, University of Gothenburg
  • Robin Rönnlund
    Field Director, University of Gothenburg
  • Fotini Tsiouka
    Field Director, Ephorate of Antiquities of Kardítsa
  • Dr Tenia Anastasiadou
    Archaeologist, Ephorate of Byzantine antiquities
  • Johan Klange
    Archaeologist, Arkeologikonsu 
  • Rich Potter
    Archaeologist/technician, University of Gothenburg
  • Dr Derek Pitman
    Assistant director of geospatial survey, Bournemouth University

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