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2,700-year-old portico found in Greece

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The remains of a 2,700-year-old portico has been unearthed in the ancient city of Argilos in northern Greece.

In ancient Greece, the portico — stoa in Greek — was a long, open structure that often housed shops and delineated public squares from the city — the agora.

“Porticos are well known from the Hellenistic period, from the 3rd to 1st century BC, but earlier examples are extremely rare. The one from Argilos is the oldest example to date from northern Greece and is truly unique,” said Jacques Perreault, who is a specialist of the Greek Archaic period (7th and 6th centuries BC.)

Located on the edge of the Aegean Sea, the ancient city of Argilos was the first Greek colony established in this area around the great Strymon River. At its peak in the 5th century BC, Argilos was one of the richest cities in the region.

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Story: Science Daily | Photo: Jacques Perreault, Université de Montréal

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