ASSIROS: GREEK MACEDONIA

INTRODUCTION 1

Principal investigator: Dr. K.A. Wardle

Collaborators: Diana Wardle, Rayna Andrew, Paul Halstead, Glynis Jones

Sponsors: British School at Athens, British Academy, Institute for Aegean Prehistory

Excavation at the Bronze and Iron Age site of Assiros Toumba in Central Macedonia was conducted by Dr. K.A. Wardle between 1975 and 1989. Study and preparation for publication continues.

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CENTRAL MACEDONIA

The plains and foothills of Central Macedonia are dotted with steep-sided flat-topped settlement mounds like that at Assiros. The region is well known for its cereal agriculture and, unsurprisingly, the distance between the different mounds is very similar to that between modern villages. Assiros lies some 25 km from the sea on an ancient major route into the interior - now the Thessaloniki - Serres Road.

(Smaller conical mounds are generally burial mounds of the 4th century BC onwards, many of which lie along the route of the ancient Via Egnatia.)

l Assiros Toumba   l Other Late Bronze Age mounds

 

ASSIROS TOUMBA FROM W

ASSIROS TOUMBA FROM THE WEST

The mound which is entirely man made is the product of repeated rebuilding in mud-brick. It measures 100 x 70 m at its base. Over a period of around 1500 years it reached a height of 18m, representing more than twenty separate superimposed villages.

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