Πλαταμών Στοπ! «Μυκηναϊκό» νεκροταφείο και οικισμός της Ύστερης Εποχής του Χαλκού στη θέση «Τριμπίνα 2/Πλαταμών Στοπ» στον Πλαταμώνα Πιερίας
Σοφία Κουλίδου, Ελένη Ζάγκου, Ευγενία Μπατζικώστα, Κυριακή Παντελιάδου & Αντωνία Τσιανάκα Στο Π. Αδάμ-Βελένη & Κ. Τζαναβάρη (επιμ.) 2017. Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στην Θράκη 26, 2012, Θεσσαλονίκη: 213-224.
The rescue excavation at Platamonas, at the site of «Trimpina 2/Platamon Stop», was conducted due to the works for the construction of the new national road. Two phases of site use were recognised: the earlier, which contained scarce remains of a LBA settlement and the later with abundant evidence from a LBA cemetery with «Mycenaeanising» types of grave goods. The cemetery consisted of 17 cist and pit graves which contained at least 22 burials. A medium-sized mammal was also found, buried in a shallow pit grave. The cist graves were made of cist slabs, the gaps between which were sometimes sealed with yellowish clay. There is evidence that the same clay was also used for coating the walls of some of the pit graves.
While most of the graves contained only one burial, three of them were also used for secondary burials with the bones of the earlier person set aside in the grave or thrown out of it, and in one case two individuals were simultaneously buried in the same grave. All the graves contained grave goods: vessels of Mycenaean type and ware, as well as handmade, bronze weapons (sword, knives, javelin-head), stone and bronze jewelry, and various clothing ornaments («buttons», pins). Two steatite seals of the «Mainland Popular Group» were also found in two graves.
According to the preliminary study of the artefacts, the burials in the cemetery took place in two phases: during the LHIIB-LHIIIA2 and the LHIIIA2-YEIIIB (and maybe up to LHIIIC Early). The aforementioned burial use of the site succeeded the earlier residential use, in which no «Mycenaeanising» artefacts were found. During this phase a number of stone pavings of unknown use were revealed together with traces of walls and 33 pits of various sizes and uses. Finally 3 pithoi were found in situ. All the evidence points to storage activities.
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