December 13 2016: Statement concerning media coverage.
The Vlochos Archaeological Project (VLAP) is a collaboration between the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa and the Swedish Institute at Athens, examining the Classical-Hellenistic urban site at Vlochós in the municipality of Palamás. The first season of fieldwork was conducted in September 2016 with the permission of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, with the second season planned for August-September 2017.
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 NRTK-GPS measuring, drone photogrammetry, and geophysical surveying.
The project is funded by a number of Swedish research foundations, including