Ανασκαφή χριστιανικού κοιμητηρίου στην περιοχή του νοσοκομείου «Άγιος Δημήτριος» στη ΘεσσαλονίκηPart of : Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στη Θράκη ; Vol.3, No.1, 1989, pages 271-282
The excavation of a Christian cemetery in the area of St. Demetrios hospital
In 1988, a number of graves of the ancient eastern Christian cemetery, as well as the northern part of its peribolos were located during building activities north from St.Demetrios hospital. The mechanical shovels had already destroyed a number of graves and changed the landscape before the Archaeological Service was informed. The rescue excavation lasted for two years and was completed in 1989. Two groups of graves were excavated: a) 34 graves survived the destruction and almost all of them were found looted, scattered on the slope of the hill north from the hospital, the so-called «The Pasha’s Gardens». They were vaulted tombs, cist-graves, graves covered with tiles, etc. and date to the Late Roman and Early Christian periods. b) 118 more graves were found in the extension of the excavational trenches east from the hospital. They belonged to an extended Early Christian cemetery comprising vaulted tombs with the same orientation, organized into groups. Some of the tombs were converted into cist-graves, probably because of the continuous use. Most of them were found looted and were covered with filling. By coincidence, the burial chambers and ground structures of the tombs were preserved; the latter are mainly altar-shaped structures which have been interpreted as ground monuments. Their discovery is significant and contributes to the reconstruction of the cemetery. The most significant finds, however, are the twelve funerary inscriptions; two of them were found «in situ» attached to the end of the altar-shaped structures; the inscriptions are dated to the Early Christian period.
νεκροταφεία, Θεσσαλονίκη, συνέδρια
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