A research team recently uncovered traces of a palaestra dating to the fourth century B.C. at the site of Eretria in Evia, according to the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Researchers from the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece collaborating with Evia’s Ephorate of Antiquities found remnants of the ancient Greek wrestling school following August 23 to September 7 excavations.
The ministry said the discovery is “an important testimony to the evolution of athletic monuments from the Classical era,” as palaestra discovered from this era remain minimal.
Researchers also discovered remnants of a sanctuary dedicated to Eileithyia — goddess of childbirth and midwifery — attached to the structure.
Greek archaeologist Konstantinos Kourouniotis originally revealed the site in 1917, but excavation efforts have been ongoing for the past 101 years.
Earlier excavations close to the sanctuary revealed a well containing nearly 100 terracotta cups dating to the third century B.C.
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