Οι ανασκαφικές έρευνες στο Κριαρίτσι Συκιάς Ν. Χαλκιδικής κατά τα έτη 1999-2000Part of : Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στη Θράκη ; Vol.14, No.1, 2000, pages 331-345
The excavations at Kriaritsi near Sykia, Halkidiki prefecture, in 1999 and 2000
Excavations at Kriaritsi continued in 1998-2000 on sites 1, 2, 3, and 5, revealing a settlement of the Early Bronze Age and farm buildings of the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.Site 1 yielded architectural remains of three habitation phases, which show that the hill was occupied in both the prehistoric and the historical era. The finds date the settlement to the Early Bronze Age, and it is connected with the burial mound on site 7, which has been excavated 500 m to the SE.The investigations on site 2 uncovered a single-cell square building with internal dimensions of 6x6 m. Its stout construction, together with its location, gives rise to speculation about the original function of the site; though the finds indicate that it served an agricultural purpose at a later stage.Excavation of the N sector of site 3 brought to light a circular building of the Hellenistic period, with a maximum external diameter of 8 m and a maximum internal diameter of approximately 6 m. Almost half of it was destroyed when the road was built. The masonry of the exterior facade consists of well-dressed blocks of local granite laid in opus isodomum, while the less meticulous interior masonry consists of dressed and semi-dressed stones.Immediately to the S of the circular building, a 200 m2 storage cellar was uncovered. It is on 2 levels, with 22 regularly laid-out pits. Viewing site 3 as a whole, it appears that the circular building and the cellar were in use at the same time and that the fortified site served agricultural and commercial purposes.Site 5 yielded remains of 2 buildings (A and B) and 2 circular structures. Building A consists of a courtyard with 2 rooms along the E side with workshop-like structures. The finds indicate that the installations were used for agricultural purposes and home handicrafts.Building B reveals 3 construction phases: 1) circular structures I and II of the Roman period; 2) a rectangular building with its extension, of the 4th and 3rd centuries BC; 3) a storage cellar of the 5th and 4th centuries.The findings from the systematic investigation of these 5 sites, together with 7 more delineated sites which have been located in the wider area, show that this area was used for agricultural facilities from the Early Bronze Age to the Roman period.
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