Ανασκαφή νεκροταφείου στη θέση Λιμόρι Επανομής (1995)Part of : Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στη Θράκη ; Vol.9, No.1, 1995, pages 321-334
Excavation of a cemetery at Limori, Epanomi (1995)
On the basis of the geophysical survey carried out the previous year, the excavation at Limori, Epanomi, and on plot 1418 (owned by Panayotis Te- lioussis) continued and was extended southwards.Six trenches revealed 6 graves, 5 of them being built cist-graves and 1 in the form of a trough-shaped bed floored with rubblestones. All had an E-W orientation, and the cist-graves were covered with horizontal limestone slabs, and also with broken grave altars, whose relief decoration suggests a dating in the late 2nd c. AD. Each had a narrow opening at the E end, through which the secondary burials were made after the schist slab that sealed it had been re moved. The graves are usually floored with bricks or with fragments of marble slabs.Among the large graves, we also discovered a few tile-graves, smashed probably by the plough, together with re-interred bones, either placed directly in the earth or buried in large amphoras.Quite a few clay vessels were found both in and around the graves and with the re-interred bones too, mainly oinochoes, cups, and small amphoras, decorated with brown or red brushstrokes or a succession of grooves. A note worthy amount of bronze, iron, and some gold jewellery was also collected, mainly earrings and finger-rings, as also a considerable number of coins, mainly of the 4th and 5th cc. AD, with three scattered coins of the 3rd. Two small grave reliefs of the early 3rd c. AD were also located, though not in situ.This year’s excavation confirmed the reliability of the geophysical survey, as also our stated expectation that there was an extensive cemetery in this area which, as the finds from both excavational periods have shown, was in use throughout the 4th and into the early 5th c. AD. In fact, if one takes into account the fact that grave reliefs of the late 2nd and early 3rd cc. AD were used as building material in the graves, as also that some scattered coins of the 3rd c. were collected from around the graves, one must accept that we have here an organised Early Christian cemetery, which succeeded an earlier one of the Late Roman period.
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