Archaeology in Thessaly (Pelion, Meteora, etc.)


The Acropolis of Farsala lies atop a rocky hill of the Prophet Elias, stretching from east to west. It is 500 meters long and 60 meters wide, surrounding by natural fortifications. Worth a visit when passing near Farsala.
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The 29 metre high low hill of Magoula that stands on a low (29 meter) hill above the town was once the acropolis of Pyrasos. Pyrasos is scarcely known from historical sources,
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One of Thessaly’s most notable sites, the Acropolis of ancient Feres was inhabited between the neolithic period (around 300 B.C.) and the era of the early Roman Empire (first century A.D.),
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The traditional village of Argithea was once where the ancient capital of Athamania was located, some two kilometres west of the village at a site called Ellinika.
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The site of the ancient city of Gomfoi (pronounced Gomfi) is located 2 km northwest of Episkopi within the region of Mouzaki. The ruins of Gomfoi include a fortified wall, part of which was recently excavated.
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Mythology has it that the Goddess Hera bathed in the crystal, healing waters of this former spring in order to renew her virginity.
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Neolithic settlements and a broad variety of finds from the prehistoric and historic years were discovered in the area surrounding the village.
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Just 5 km west of Volos and close to the village of Dimini lies a grand Neolithic settlement with a high level of urban sophistication dating from the 5th century BC.
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Around 15 km from Volos and set atop Kastraki hill you can find the well known Sesklo archaeological site. The Neolithic settlement of Sesklo was inhabited from the mid-7th till the 4th millenium B.C.
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Lying just 1.5 km north of Volos, Dimitriada was founded in 294 BC by the King of the Macedonians Dimitrius Poliorkitis and named after him.
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Ancient Krannon near modern-day Krannonas was an important city from Pelasgian times, flourishing between the 6th-4th centuries BC. The site reveals pyramidal tombs, as well as pottery workshops and kilns.
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Remains of a temple dedicated to Asklipion Trikkis can be found here, and is thought to be a hospital founded by Asklipion.
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Here's a large fortified settlement from the Byzantine period spread over 130,000 square meters, with exceptional views to the coast and the valley of Agia. This area was home to the Byzantine city of Centauropolis (Kentavropoli), with walls fortified by Justinian.
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At the foothills of Mavrovouni mountain, northwest of the village of Amygdali, this Neolithic settlement also features finds from the Bronze age and Ottoman period.
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The area of Platikampos in the greater Larisa region has revealed Neolithic settlements and finds from the Classical era. In Platikampos as well there is an old Ottoman building worth visiting as well.
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The village area of Petroto in the Argithea region was said to be inhabited by the ancient Pelasgians, and later settled by the Athamanens. The region was also once a settlement of the ancient Alopians and Ethiopes who were vanquished by the army of the Roman Empire.
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The Hellenistic ‘Phiotic Thebes’ were probably created around the second half of the 4th Century B.C. and were previously occupied by the ancient city of Pyrassos.
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Entering the city of Feres and standing above the ancient river Samia, you will come across one of the most beautiful Byzantine buildings to have partially remained standing upright despite the passage of time.
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The Fortress of Ithomi, otherwise known as the Pirgos or Tower, is 700 to 800 metres southeast of the village by the same name (Pirgos Ithomis) at an altitude of 364 metres. It was built of massive stone blocks layer by layer. The ruins of the ancient acropolis of the city of Ithomi surround the Tower.
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Two ancient mounds (magoula) have been found east and south of Armenio. The largest, known as Trani, has an impressive height of 10 meters, a length of 500 meters and a width of 300 meters.
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The well-preserved vaulted tombs discovered here belong to a cemetery of the pre-geometric-geometric era (8th-10th Centuries BC).
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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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The village of Koumbouriana within Athamanon lies an altitude of 1050 meters. The Kato Choro or 'lowlands' of the area have been characterised as an official archaeological district with ruins of many old buildings and numerous ancient tombs and graves.
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At the area called Plagia near Belokomitis, a building site and parts of ancient walls from the time of the ancient Dolopians (6th century BC) were discovered. At the Panigiraki site, a house dating from the 6th century AD was excavated. At Paliospita, there's a settlement dating between the 8th to 10th centuries AD.
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Karitsa of the Dolopons is one of the older villages of Nevropolis and was continually occupied since the Byzantine era. At Paliohori just past the village of Karitsa near the river there are archaeological ruins belonging to the ancient Dolopes. Artefacts reveal that the settlement dates from the 3rd century BC.
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Ancient Eretria was founded on a hill some 650 meters high in the middle of the great Thessalian plain, not far from today's village of Palaiomylos. You'll find few remains of an acropolis, walls and gates on the site. Source:Farsala.gr
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Kallithiro in Itamo features an archaeological dig on the hill of Agios Athanasios which revealed artefacts from the ancient city of Kallithiro. The city was supposedly destroyed in a fire in 220 to 230 BC. Three more archaeological sites are within the inhabited part of the village.
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The remains of Ancient Kasthanea (or Kasthanaia) near Keramidi have revealed remains of a city who according to Herodotus was involved in defeating the Persian King Xerxes in 480 BC. Only parts of the walls of this city still remain today.
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Northeast of the low hill of Kastraki you will find the base of an ancient theatre, and a flat area where one can assume the theatre orchestra once stood.
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In Kastania, a resort village at an altitude of 800 metres near fir tree forest, there are remains of an ancient fortress, said to be remains of the ancient city of Menelaida.
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Trace the region’s archaeological history by taking a walk around Elati. The area is dotted with remains of the ancient settlement of Potneo. Roam the village and you’ll no doubt find remnants of this once-great city.
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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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Skotousa stood over hills on the road between the villages of Ano Skotousa and Agia Triada. While not totally unearthed, current remains point out to long walls over 4 km with 44 square towers, 5 gates, a stadium and a theatre. Source:Farsala.gr
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Two kilometres from Leontito in the Athamanon area excavations have revealed artefacts probably belonging to the ancient Athamanon. There are also remains from the Middle Ages.
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The village of Apidia Village in the Kallifoni area (23 km from Karditsa and 11 km from the village of Kallifoni) lies on of 330 metres. Ancient box-shaped graves have been found in the Apidia district that link it with habitation in antiquity.
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In Loxada, there are Byzantine baths, which have yet to be excavated in full.
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Once a fortification lying over 21,000 meters just north of Velika, this castle was strategic in surveying coastal settlements. Its walls are two meters thick and at some points three meters high. Source:Dimosagias
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Moschato is in the Plastiras municipality and is16 kilometres from Karditsa, located at an altitude of 450 metres. Near the village is the Cave of Andrea the Thief of Limeri. Surely there are legends surrounding this cave.
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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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Leontari (pronounced Leondari) is in the municipality of Tamasi. The name of the village is taken from that of King Leontio, who, according to ancient history, ruled the region and was the brother-in-law to the King of Rendina, Menelaus. Ancient walls of the Dolopons can be found at the border of the village.
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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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Deep in the Gulf of Pegasus (or Pegasitic Gulf in Greek), east of Volos, lies a commanding hill with a very strategic view in ancient times, where Phillip II built a city. Its name remains unknown, but could be Nilea, Orminio, Iolkos or Dimitriada.
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Anavra is a village within the municipality of Tamassi, and is 28 km from Karditsa. Ancient graves have been found in the area testifying to its long history of continual occupation.
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The area of Katafili village was called Selipiana, taken from the name of the kingdom of Selipos which existed there in 285 B.C. The area abounds in archaeological ruins and artefacts, including walls which date from the Hellenistic period, coins, residences, graves, and statues.
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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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Explore this unique structure close to a lushly forested mountain. Dating back to the Byzantine and Medieval era, it exudes an otherworldly aura and gives you a peek into the architecture of the period.
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Loutropigi is located in a gorge a few kilometres above the Baths of Smokovo. The route to the village is historic as it starts from the ancient kingdom of the Dolopians, Menelaida. Segments of an ancient wall (Kastro) are found 4km north of the village at the site of Profitis Elias at an altitude of 995 metres.
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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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Pefkofito, meaning Planted Pine is a beautiful village at 730 metres altitude within the Mouzaki region. At the site of Palea Theotokos, archaeological excavations have revealed the foundations of older temples with mosaic floors.
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The Church of Zoodochos Pigi (Source of Life) in Fanari was built atop an ancient Roman bath.
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Ano and Kato Ktimeni lie in the municipality of Tamassi. Historically, Ktimeni was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dolopas. Within the village district at the site of Paleokastro are remains of Mycenaean walls (1300 BC), and at Kastri, Mycenaean tombs have been found.
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Xinoneri is part of the Mitropoli region, lies 8 km from Karditsa. A Mycenaean tomb of almost 14 square km was discovered on a hill between Xinoneri and neighbouring Agios Giorgios. Ongoing archaeological excavations will undoubtedly render this site more important.
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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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Several Neolithic settlements have been found around Nikaia. There are Roman steles with inscriptions, as well as steles from Impsio and Poseidon Zeuxanthion dating from the Hellenistic years. Nikaia may be sitting on the site of Ancient Chalce (Halki). Photo by:Rodinos G.
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Neolithic remains have been found around the village of Melissohori, including two anthropomorphic figurines of humped women. There are also tombs and finds from the Classical era in this area.
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The village of Porti, six kilometres northwest of Mouzaki was referred to by the ancient author Polyvio as the settlement of Akron, featuring an army bastion of the Athamanon king, Aminandro. At the site of Paleokastro, remnants of ancient walls of archaeological interest are still present.
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This is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the region, excavated at the western foothills of Mavrovouni not far from Lake Karla. The center of the village shows sophisticated stone buildings from Neolithic times (5th-4th centuries BC). Source:dimosagias
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Four ancient mounds (magoula) in the Kalamaki area of Magnesia attest to continuously inhabited areas from Neolithic times. Another mound dubbed Asimohoma lies in the Larisa region near Melissa, with a 5-meter-high tomb from the Classical era.
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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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The village of Neraida lies 41 km from Karditsa and is part of Itamo municipality. Around the village area, sites with ancient artefacts and graves have been located.
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Kedros is a village rich in history and archaeological tradition. In the woods of Saint Nikolaos, 2 km northwest of the village, the ruins of the ancient city of Orthi were discovered. Old coins, the entrance of a fortified wall to the city, and the ancient cemetery have also been found.
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Three rocky hills lying 3.5 km east of Sotirio were most likely islands in the middle of ancient Lake Voiviida (today Lake Karla) were once surrounded by Mycenaean walls. The area revealed finds from ancient, classical and Byzantine periods.
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The ruins of this ancient walled city on Meria hill have piqued the interest of archeologists, representing one of the most important on the Kapourna plateau. The city, which is yet to reveal its secrets, was inhabited for a long time and is within walking distance from Volos.Source:wikimapia.org
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Near the village of Neraida in the municipality of Itamos, the new village of Sanrataporos reveals sites with ancient artefacts and graves that have been found in the vicinity. There are also walls of an ancient city located on the flood plains of the river Megdova.
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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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At an altitude of 900 meters, Rentina (pronounced Redina or Rendina) reveals walls of ancient prehistoric settlements that have been found in the area, as well as graves dating from the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.
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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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Mitropoli, the capital of the municipality by the same name, is about 9 km from Kardista. An ancient temple dedicated to Apollo was recently discovered at the area called Lianokokkalo.
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Located on the northern edge of the ancient city, the temple is one of Thessaly’s few ancient sites where archaeological excavations took place. The Doric temple had 6X6 columns and is dated to the end of the fourth century B.C.
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Visit this cave not far from Kalambaka to admire footprints made by kids dating from 50000 – 5000 BC. Serving as proof that the area was inhabited from that time, the cave is archaeologically significant. A Paleolithic skeleton was also found here.
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Five vaulted tombs from the Mycenean era have been discovered on the west bank of the black Karanteres stream, complete with many votive offerings. Another was found west of the village of Megalo Monastiri.
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Portitsa is a village near Metropoli, 12 km from Karditsa. The limestone peak of Bombirotripa at an elevation of 762 metres is a site of well-preserved walls of an ancient acropolis, with full view towards the plains of Thessaly.
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Following the road past Messenikolas one arrives at the picturesque village of Morfovouni (aka Vounessi), 18 kilometres southwest of Karditsa. Two kilometres east of the village at the Paleokastro locality is an archaeological preserve containing the ruins of ancient walls.
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