Drought reveals early Byzantine city

For a thousand years, the Byzantine port city of Bathonea lay hidden and forgotten beneath farmland, but a recent drought revealed the town's seawall, leading to the discovery of a "well-connected, wealthy, fully outfitted harbor city that thrived from the fourth to 11th century." (photos)

In addition to the seaport, excavations have unearthed a multistoried palace, a cistern, and other buildings. Much of the city was leveled by an earthquake in the 11th century. Archaeologists working on the project are still seeking to determine Bathonea's place in Byzantine history.