A section of a villa dating back to the early Christian period was unearthed by archaeologists conducting excavations at a construction site in the Ano Poli (old quarter) district of Thessaloniki, it was announced on Wednesday.

Archaeologists came across a section of remains of a 6th century AD urban residence featuring a formal dining room, called a triklinion (Latin: triclinium), a characteristic of domiciles belonging to the wealthier classes.

The villa was inhabited in the 6th century AD and most likely was destroyed during the 7th century earthquakes that struck the region (circa 630 AD). A total of 18 such residences have been unearthed in the specific area, dated between the 4th and 6th centuries AD.