Okay, so we’re not the best at geography here at RetroEnt, but we can tell you that the world is pretty darn big (it’s science, y’know?) Because of this, there are certain corners of the world that are still relatively unknown, and have rarely been explored. Well, due to recent research and the epic use of technology, archaeologists believe they have now found the ‘Lost City’ of Alexander the Great.
Of course, we’ve all heard of Alexander the Great – and it seems like his ‘Lost City’ was used to chill out and hang out with his buddies in between ruling the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and battling with his enemies (as you do). Researchers first heard of the city in ancient scripture, which depicted a beautiful settlement where naked philosopher’s roamed around the place and spoke of their wisdom, and they drank a heck load of wine. Sounds like our kind of place.
However, Archaeologists have never been able to locate the ‘Lost City’ – until now. Almost 2,000 years later, these researchers believe they have found the magical place in Iraq. The researchers first questioned this site in Iraq after they saw spy footage from the 1960s, which showed an ancient settlement called Qalatga Darband. Unfortunately, the reign of Saddam Hussein in Iraq made excavations and further study of the city extremely difficult – meaning they had no choice but to postpone their research. Now, archaeologists have been able to use drones to capture more detailed footage of the ‘Lost City’ and visit the site itself to truly investigate its history.
Through their research, they have been able to determine that the site was used as a large city in the first and second centuries BC, and had been of Greek and Roman origin. It is their belief that Alexander the Great settled in the city in 331 BC, with around 3,000 of his followers and subjects. They have been able to analyse the ground to find out more about the city and its uses.
The lead archaeologist of the project, John MacGinnis, has spoken of their findings:
It’s early days, but we think it would have been a bustling city on a road from Iraq to Iran. You can imagine people supplying win to soldiers passing through. Where there are walls underground the wheat and barley don’t grow so well, so there are color differences in the crop growth. From the excavation work, they discovered an abundance of terracotta roof tiles and Greek and Roman statues, suggesting the city’s early residents were Alexander’s subjects.
This is pretty darn cool.