Archaeology in Magnesia (Pelion)


The team at Hotel des Roses offers three very interesting tours that involve hiking, archaeology, swimming, swimming, soap-making, culture and mountain climbing. Check them out:
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On the plain between Mount Othrys and Chalkodonio lie remains of the Hellenistic town of Alos. Findings such as vessels, tools, jewellery and remains of houses attest to the importance of this city once upon a time.
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Νea Anchialos is now built where ancient Pyrassos stood, a town with a temple of Demeter. Pyrassos changed its name to Fthiotides Thivaes before the Christian Era. The region was inhabited since prehistoric times. The citadel of ancient Pyrassos lies on a pine-clad hill.
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Remains of the ancient city of Ipnon lie near Horefto, a seaside village in Pelio. A sailboat can take you to the old Migela (Mitzela) and the old impressive caves at the ancient city of Ipnon.
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The site of Dimini, located some 15km from Volos, is an important Late Neolithic settlement. There's a Mycenaean tomb of the area's Mycenaean and many other unique and interesting finds.
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On the Aegean coast near where supposedly the last ships of Xerxes' fleet retreated to after their defeat by the Greek fleet at the Cape Artemissio of Evia in 480BC, there are the remains of a fortress.
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Excavations here have uncovered many important monuments and structures from the Late Roman to Early Christian years. Remains include the basilica of Bishop Peter and the Martyrium Basilica both dating from the 4th - 6th century.
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Archaeologists here have found the remains of an ancient fortress in the region, while locals had found ancient tombs with coins in the past. All the evidence points to a Roman settlement.
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Mikrothevaes was named after the ancient city by the same name. Excavations have revealed ruins on the hill 7 km southwest of the city. Fortified walls of the 4th century BC, an ancient temple, a theatre and an arcade have also been uncovered. The area is related to Pyrassos, later called Fthiotides Thivaes.
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The aqueduct of ancient Dimitriada, an ancient theatre, remains of the wall and temple can be found at this location. Remains of ancient Amfanes and the sanctuary of Apollo can also be seen at the hill of Soros.
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From the 4th century BC during the reign of Philip II, there are remains of a fortified city associated with others such as Iolkos, Orminio and Dimitriada. Promahonas has a fortification with a stone wall which once had 33 towers, a citadel and 5 reservoirs. Also see tombs, quarries and cave of Milihios Zeus.
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One of the main Neolithic settlements in all of Europe, the settlement on Kastraki hill was inhabited from the 4th millennium B.C. to the mid 7th century. It covered an area of 100,000 m2 in the Neolithic period. Stone foundations of houses are still visible. Pottery and tools were found here too. Worth a visit!
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While the origins of the town of Sourpi date back to 1018 during the Byzantine Era, there is evidence of a prehistoric settlement.
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