The current study will explore the crucial importance of the archaeological excavation and survey for the unveiling of the First Ancient Theater of Larissa from 1988 until 1999, which lead to the urban redesign of the city center and in shaping the modern urban identity of Larissa. The study is developed in three sectors: Firstly, it analyses the transformation of the urban area of the hill of the Acropolis - Fortress before and after the excavation of the Theater. Secondly, it focuses on the spatial-urban arrangements that followed the excavation and prominence of the archaeological site, detecting new possibilities for the redesign of the wider public space. Last but not least, the study examines the social and political dynamics that developed during the excavations but also with the revelation of the Theater, exploring alternative relations of society with the history of the city.
The analysis used for this study is based on the systematic collection and processing of information from different sources such as archival material, relevant literature, daily newspaper indexing, as well as photographic archives. This study aims, through the example of the First Ancient Theater of Larissa, to explore the importance of archeology in the Greek city and society of the 20th century, as well as the ways in which it can influence the design of modern urban landscape.