Archaeology in Epirus (Northwest Greece)


In the shadows of Mt. Tomaros lie the ruins of the oldest oracle in ancient Greece, with researchers placing its origins as far back as the Bronze Age between 2600 and 1900 BC.
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On a hill a mere 500 metres from the Nekromanteio lay the ruins of Ancient Efyra.
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What remains of this ancient city stand silently just below Mount Zalongou.
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The remains of ancient Nikopolis (victory city) can be found just 7 kilometres north of the city of Preveza.
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Located next to the village of Kastri Gymnotopou on a low hill just below Mount Xinovouno, lies this well-preserved site. It was one of the first cities of the Molossian tribe built around the mid 4th century BC.
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The fertile land of the Gormos River Valley that has been a blessing to farmers and shepherds throughout the Pogoni region has actually benefited man for over two millennia.
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This intriguing place is considered to be the oldest archaeological site in Greece.
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This fascinating site lies just outside the village of Mesopotamos along the banks of the Achertontas River at the top of a hill.
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Between the villages of Vitsa and Monodendri lie the remains of a settlement belonging to the Mollosian tribe.
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What little remains of a hilltop acropolis in the village of Trikastro have been linked to either Ancient Omphalion or Ancient Ella.
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Just outside the village of Sistrouni in the southwest area of the region lie the remains of an ancient building which dates back to the fourth century BC. Little remains today, including a few remnants of walls and water tanks.
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Just outside the village of Rizovouni within the Thesprotikos district lie the remnants of the ancient city of Batia. It was built by the Helian tribe sometime during the 6th century BC. This tribe was at constant battle with the Mollosian Tribe, whose cities of Orraon and Kassopi can also be seen within Preveza.
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Fragments of walls possibly dating back to the 8th century BC have been found outside the village of Skamneli. They are believed to be remnants of a fortification built by the Pelasgian tribe that inhabited these areas during that time.
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Recent evidence has led archaeologists to believe that the remains of a city on the Hill of Michalitsi just west of Preveza belong to the ancient settlement of Berenike. The city was built in 290 BC by the famous ruler of Epirus, King Pyrrhus and was named after his mother-in-law Bernice I of Egypt.
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On the hill of Kastraki just outside the village of Kleidonias lie ruins of a building dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Today there isn’t much left to see but the view is worth the small hike to the top of the hill.
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What remains of the capital city of the Helian tribe lies on top of the hill just outside the village of Kastri. During the 4th century BC, this tribe was the main rival of both the Mollosian and Kassopeian tribes, which built the impressive cities of Orraon and Kassopi elsewhere in the Preveza region.
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