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To the north of Feres (at the abandoned village Koila) a castled position from the post- bronze ages and the early iron ages were discovered.
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Megalithic prehistoric monuments
At the surroundings of the community of Nipsa, which is located 20-km northeast of Alexandroupoli, recently a number of prehistoric megalithic monuments from the early Iron Age were discovered.
This area is part of a Thracian tribe named Kekones this tribe was known even to Homer and Herodutus.
Not far away to the northwest of the village an Acropolis (citadel) was found with ceramics from the 9th- 8th century BC this Acropolis was controlling the paths of Rodopis in-land. A carved tomb was also found at the northwestern part of the yard. At the position, which is to the west of Nipsa and is called 'Dremos' carved solar symbols, three level altar, a holly sacrificial rock and many carved cavities that present stellar formations were found.
Around of the villages’ area to the northwest, you can see geometric and anthropomorphic designs carved on rocks. All the megalithic monuments are to found in the wooded area around the village and according to the opinion of the scientist the place used to by a 'holly forest'. According to Homer the oracle of the Kekones, Maronas lived in this forest.
This text is cited Mar 2003 from the Development Company of Alexandroupolis URL below, which contains images.
Between Avandas and the next village that is called Eseme another hill is rising, in this area the hill is named Monastere or after the Turkish Chepel- Kagia. On the hills’ very difficult to reach top a Thracian sanctuary was discovered, the life span of it is starting from the prehistoric ages till the Hellenistic and Byzantine ages. In the yard of this sanctuary you can find chiseled constructions, like a temple, sinks, stairs, solar discs etc.
This extract is cited Mar 2003 from the Development Company of Alexandroupolis URL below.
A Thracian settlement
In a settlement 2-km outside of Feres called Kavisos, on a hill known in the area as Makrelofos a Thracian settlement from the early iron ages and just under the hill a post-roman settlement were discovered.
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The first habitation of the site dates from the Neolithic period (5000
B.C.) and is attested in the area of the cave.
The accumulated debris of the successive clay buildings of the prehistoric periods,
gradually created a low mound (Toumba). In ca. 1000 B.C. a small settlement was
established on the site by the Thracians and later, Greek colonists of the 7th
century B.C. founded a small trading post of which the refuse pits are preserved,
full of amphoras. In the Roman period, a strong retaining wall was constructed
and during the Byzantine era, the site was used as a cemetery.
The site was discovered during the First World War. George Bakalakis
was the first archaeologist to visit the place and he identified it as the ancient
city of Zone and cape Serreion. Excavations on the site were first carried out
in 1988 by the 19th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and are
still in progress. The Neolithic settlement which has come to light is one of
the most important in the Balkans. The excavation results also prooved that the
ancient settlement was simply a trading post and not the city of Zone, while cape
Serreion can now be securely placed at the end of Ismaros.
The most important monuments on the site are:
It consisted of post-hole structures of which the floors, pise walls,
ovens, hearths etc. are preserved.
Trading post of the Classical and Roman periods.
Two pits, the fortification wall and houses are preserved.
The "Cyclops cave".
Small cave with two chambers.
Still visible today are stairways, niches, cisterns and an observation
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