Floods in Libya unearth hidden Ancient Greek city

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During the devastating floods in Libya last month, previously hidden structures in an ancient Greek city have been unearthed.

The structure unexpectedly appeared at the archaeological site of Cyrene, which is recognised as one of the most important cities in the ancient Hellenic world. 

In September, the site had suffered catastrophic flooding as a result of torrential rains brought by Storm Daniel, with many archaeologists fearing that most of the site would be damaged.

Part of the ancient site which was affected by Storm Daniel. Photo: Daily Star.

Following the flooding, Libyan authorities returned to the site to salvage any historical remnants and were greeted with structures which were hidden under layers of earth and debris.

According to Claudia Gazzini, the senior Libya analyst for the International Crisis Group, the flooding revealed a series of slabs in one area and new walls linked to the Sanctuary of Demeter.

At present, the University of Libya are developing a national committee to help develop a restoration plan for the area with the aim of protecting the site from any further water damage.  

Source: Newsweek

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