Aiane (Kozani) 3 NE Aiani - Αιανή

ᾈανή - Aiane, Archaic to Roman polis at 1 mile NE Aiane in Kozani Macedonia
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Latitude: 40.175000
Longitude: 21.831000
Confidence: High

Greek name: ᾈανή
Place ID: 402218PAia
Time period: ACHR
Region: Macedonia
Country: Greece
Department: Kozani
Mod: NE Aiani

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Read summary reports on the recent excavations at Aiane in Chronique des fouilles en ligne – Archaeology in Greece Online.
Search for inscriptions mentioning Aiane (Αιαν...) in the PHI Epigraphy database.

Modern Description: The city lying on the hill of Megale Rache is securely identified as Aiane, the capital of the kingdom of Elimeia, which is recorded in ancient literary sources. The first habitation on the site dates from the prehistoric period and, more specifically, from the Late Bronze Age. The city flourished in the Archaic and Classical periods (6th and 5th centuries B.C.), as is attested by the large number of built tombs and pit-graves as well as by the important public buildings erected at the time. The settlement and the cemetery were abandoned in the 1st century B.C., after a disastrous earthquake.
Systematic excavations on the site started in 1983 by the Greek Service of Antiquities under the direction of Georgia Karamitrou Mentesidi. Excavations brought to light significant architectural remains, clusters of graves and organized cemeteries, dating from prehistoric until late Hellenistic times. On the top and the slopes of the acropolis have been uncovered three monumental buildings, one of them apparently a stoa that was part of the agora.
Wikidata ID: Q47530410
Trismegistos Geo: 12043

Info: YP

(Dr. Yannis Papadopoulos, with the support of the Laskaridis Foundation.)

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