The last five years of archaeological research and excavation in central Greece’s Petroto village, near the Trikala area, has unearthed a major settlement that dates back to the late Bronze Age.
The archaeologists, led by Maria Vaiopoulou, the Karditsa Ephorate of Antiquities, uncovered new information regarding the way the building of the town were constructed, as well as the dates of human settlement in the area.
The archaeologists found a total of 14 buildings in the town, which were all used for different purposes, as well as forty-two tombs of different shapes and sizes. One of the most striking finds was the discovery of one family tomb, including a father, mother and a baby; and another tomb where a dog’s skeleton was found along with a human skeleton, presumably that of the pet’s owner.
Another fascinating discovery was that of animal bones lying under the foundations of the buildings, proving that a ritual was taking place before its construction.
Among the many ceramic items thought to have been made locally, the researchers found a large number of imported pieces from Crete and Argolis, proving that the area had strong trade ties with the rest of the ancient Greek world.
The research was conducted because of the planned construction of a new provincial road between the cities of Larissa and Trikala.