Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


12 December 2012

Κοντοπήγαδο Αλίμου Αττικής. Οικισμός της ΠΕ και ΥΕ χρόνων και ΥΕ εργαστηριακή εγκατάσταση

Κωνσταντίνα Καζά-Παπαγεωργίου, Ελίνα Καρδαμάκη, Παναγιώτης Κουτής, Ευθυμία Μαρκοπούλου & Νεκταρία Μούκα Αρχαιολογική Εφημερίς 150 (2011): 197-274.


Extensive residential and workshop remains of the Prehistoric time have been discovered in two sites so far, at the Kontopigado area, which is located at the north-eastern end of the municipality of Alimos in Attica. The building remains, dated Early Helladic (EH) and Late Helladic (LH) period, were ex­cavated during rescue excavations conducted by the Archaeological Service on three plots of the block 71A in the Vouliagmeni Avenue and remain visible, preserved within modern build­ings. The workshop remains, dated LH period, were discovered during the construction of the Metro station “Alimos”, 300 m. south of the settlement and a characteristic part is preserved visible on the station’s surface. The construction, to which they belong, has been built on the area’s bedrock and consists of a system of parallel channels with rows of trenches in-between. The channels and the trenches have been carved in accordance with a precise plan, which made full use of the gullies descending from Mt. Hymettus, whilst in times of draught, wells provided the necessary water quantities. Water seems to have been a key element for the settlement and its activities, which was provided, collected and recycled according to “the principle of communicating vessels”. Regarding this activity it is assumed for the time being and by reduction ad absurdum that this is the first stage of flax processing.

Despite the fact that the total extent of the workrooms is unknown, according to the avail­able excavation data it is certain that it surpassed 3,000 sq. m. This is a very large area, the sheer size of which places it among the major works of this period, whose inclusion in the cen­tral authority controlling the region, is undeniable. This paper examines in detail a closed pot­tery group from the LH IIIB2 to the early LH IIIC period, belonging to a secondary deposit in a shallow pit – deposit 1 – found 50 m. west of the metro station.


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