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Mycenaean port of Athens found?

Archaeologists in the capital's southern coastal suburb of Palaio Faliro have uncovered what appear to be traces of ancient Athens's first port before the city's naval and shipping center was moved to Piraeus, a report said yesterday. A rescue excavation on a plot earmarked for development has revealed artifacts and light structures dating, with intervals, from Mycenaean times to the fifth century BC, when the port of Phaleron - after which the modern suburb was named - was superseded by Piraeus, according to Ta Nea daily. «This is a port associated with two myths - Theseus and the Argonauts - and an historic event, the Trojan War,» archaeologist Constantina Kaza was quoted as saying. Theseus is believed to have been a Late Bronze Age king of Athens whose successors sent a contingent to fight in Troy. The site, some 350 meters from the modern coastline, contained pottery, tracks from the carts that would have served the port, and makeshift fireplaces where travelers waiting to take ship would have cooked and kept warm.

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