Nea Nikomidhia, Greece

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An early Neolithic tell settlement in Macedonia, northern Greece, excavated by Robert Rodden between 1961 and 1964. The period over which the site was occupied was relatively short, 6200 to 5300 bc, and so it provides a snapshot of life in one of the earliest Neolithic settlements in Greece. The houses were constructed in the style of those further east: square‐plan single‐roomed structures made from timber and mud. A large structure in the centre of the mound contained terracotta female figurines and is thought to have been a shrine. Plain and painted pottery was found, together with frogs carved from greenstone, flint blades, and many ground stone axes. The earliest domesticated cattle date from about 6000 bc, and were associated with cultivated einkorn, emmer, and barley.


K. A. Wardle, 1996, Nea Nikomedeia: the excavation of an early Neolithic village in northern Greece, 1961–1964. London: British School at Athens

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