About Ancient Tenea
The lost city of Tenea, which is mentioned in multiple Greek myths and historical texts, such as the ancient legend of Oedipus, the mythical king of Thebes who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother, was uncovered by one of Greece’s top archaeologists, Eleni Korka and her team, buried under the fields we’re now driving past.
Archaeologists uncovered seven new graves, four of which date back to Roman times, as well as rings, golden coins and skeletal remains.
The finds suggested the existence of a city – that of Tenea – which was once considered to be a legend. Researchers also found three Hellenistic Era tombs with skeletal remains belonging to two adult males, five adult females and two children. The graves were decorated with vases, gold and bronze jewelry, and 200 coins.
How to visit
The team is open to guiding visitors and organising educational events while the dig takes place in September and October.
You can communicate with them through the Tenea Prjct Facebook account.
A New Discovery
Excavations of the site began in 2013 in the village of Chiliomodi.
Tenea’s discovery has answered many mysteries already, such as where the city was located and perhaps why it was abandoned. But for the team, the most exciting thing is what it still may hold. They are expecting to find more houses, temples, a theatre and a marketplace – known in Ancient Greek as an agora – over the coming years.