Sesklo, Thessaly, Greece

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Neolithic tell near Volos in the Plain of Thessaly in northern Greece excavated between 1956 and 1970 by D. R. Theocharis. Nine main phases to the settlement were recognized, beginning with a pre‐pottery Neolithic that included domesticated animals and cereal remains. The early Neolithic phases (EN I–III) yielded very few traces of structures, and it is only because EN III was destroyed by fire that any remains of mud‐brick houses were preserved. The main phase of settlement dates to the middle Neolithic (MN I–III), the 6th millennium bc, and comprises closely grouped houses of mud brick set on stone foundations. Each house has a domed oven in the centre. The site gives its name to a distinctive style of pottery comprising a fine white slipped fabric decorated with painted red geometric designs. The Classic Sesklo levels are succeeded by a late Neolithic horizon (Dimini) and a Chalcolithic horizon (Rachmani).


M. Wijnen, 1982, The early Neolithic I settlement at Sesklo: an early farming community in Thessaly, Greece. Leiden: Universitaire Pers Leiden

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