Archaeology in Fthiotida


Ahinos was built where the city of ancient Ehinos (or Echinous) stood. There are remains of an acropolis from the 4th century BC and a tower that is still quite intact, as well as a war memorial or heroes tomb from roman times.
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In the municipality by the same name, Elateia or Elatia boasts remains of an agora and a temple dedicated to Asclepius with a beardless statue made to his liking.
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The city of Lamia was built over ancient remains from the 4th century BC, and sections of the old walls surrounding the city have been uncovered. The walls began at the hill of Akrolamia or the castle hill, ending at the hill of Agios Loukas.
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Known as Larisa Kremaste or Larissa Pelasgia in old times, Pelasgia today shows evidence of the old settlement's towns and surrounding walls from the 4th or 5th century BC. The archaeological site of Koumouli shows monuments and graves of the early Christian period between 323BC-30AD, plus impressive mosaics by the coast.
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Housed in a historic structure itself from the 1830s and built by King Otto, the Archaeological Museum of Lamia will walk you through ancient history from Neolithic times (starting from 6,500 BC) to Helladic/Mycenaean times, then to Geometric, Archaic and Classical/Hellenistic era.
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There are notable sites of Iampolis and Avon at Exarhos. In Kalopodi there is a temple dedicated to Apollo and Artemis from the Mycenaean era, rebuilt several times in history. In Kirtoni lie the ancient fountain of Kamini and the tower of Kolakas, part of ancient fortifications.
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The Frankish castle in Lamia (Akrolamia) dominates the city among stones from an ancient acropolis. Many parts are intact including bastions and walls. Successive repairs took place in Byzantine and medieval times, and the site was inhabited even during the 5th century BC. There's an archaeological museum in the castle.
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The ancient settlement of Ales contains ruins from the Neolithic era, as well as ruins from the 6th century BC up to the Hellenistic and Byzantine eras. There are remains of an ancient sanctuary and ancient port.
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An ancient settlement in the area of Hiliadou is suspected, with remains pointing either to the ancient city of Korsia or to Voumelitea. There is written evidence that Voumelitea is supposed to be right next to Ales.
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Near the modern town of Melitea which lies in the municipality of Domokos there are remains of ancient Melitea, as well as the archaeological site of Erineo in Petroto. Stelae and inscriptions from the area are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Lamia.
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Remains from Achaean times of the ancient town of Phthiotis can be seen at Stylida, with the town hall hosting many finds from that era.
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Because this region was inhabited for thousands of years, there are many objects to appreciate at this museum. In addition, there is a mausoleum known as Hamaithanasis worth visiting nearby.
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Right where ancient Proena was situated, the castle and temple to Demeter from the 4th century BC or Hellenistic times protected women and children from wars and invasions. The relatively well-preserved castle is called Ginekokastro or 'Women's Castle' and lies on a hilltop. A pavilion displays finds from the area.
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Remains of homes from the Neolithic area can be seen on the hills of the area. There are remains of the ancient settlement of Tavmakos, cyclopean walls, a castle and a circular fortress called Stroggilokastro (meaining Round Castle).
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There are two archaeological sites at Livanates, an attractive fishing village, which are Kynos which was the harbor of King Opous of Lokrida (Locris) and Pyrgo Lyvanaton (Tower of Livanates).
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Once a complete city some two millennia ago, the site of Kinos today offers just a bit of its past glory to the archaeologically curious. It contained the harbour of Opous, named so after an ancient Greek king of Lokrida.
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Larimna offers an ancient acropolis with remains of old walls and towers. There is also evidence of a breakwater dating back to the 6th century.
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Many archaeological remains in Tithorea are from the ancient towns of Neon where the Phoecians originated and from Pediis. The ancient town of Tithorea was a walled enclave, containing temples of Isis and Arhigeta. Velitsa boasts an ancient castle and walls with floor mosaics from the 4th century AD.
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In the archaeological area called Nisi, meaning island in Greek, there are Cyclopean Walls that are still standing.
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Remains of walls in Paleokastro. There are even remains of two castles – by some accounts dating from the late Neothlic era – in Dikastro (which means 'Two Castles').
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This popular resort town, built where ancient Thronio was located, hides some ruins from the Homeric town of Tarfis as well in a location called Paleokastra.
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The village Kalapodi is home to the ancient temple of Elafivolou and Apollo of Iampolis, which boasts remains of a Dorian structure with columns from the 6th century BC. Some parts of the roof and stone works are now in the archaeological museum of Lamia.
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There is a restricted archaeological site. In 1939 excavations showed evidence of fortifications spanning several eras, including Roman and Byzantine graves, as well as remains of Byzantine buildings.
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