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.
The remains attest to the highly organized society that once lived there, including a very particular architectural feature: the houses were built in six concentric circles. Numerous decorated vessels were unearthed at this site, including tools made from clay, bone and stone, as well as clay idols and jewellery.
An impressive vaulted tomb, known as Toumba was also unearthed on the western slopes of a nearby hill with Neolithic remains, along with a second, smaller domed tomb dubbed ‘Lamiospito’. These date from the Mycenaean era, specifically from the 13th century BC.
Noteworthy of course is the Mycenaean Palace, considered one of the most important find in the region, which in conjunction with the vaulted tombs proves that a ruling class inhabited Dimini, reflecting a complex administrative, religious and economic life of this ancient settlement.