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Archaeological Site of Aiani

Last Update: Nov 2013
Archaeological site, Cultural heritage EANI , KOZANI , GREECE
Tel.: +30 24610 98800-1, 98551 , Fax: +30 24610 98800-1
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Mon-Fri, 0830-1500
01Jun - 31Oct Sat-Sun, 0830-1800
01Nov - 31May Mon-Sun, 0830-1500

Archaeological Site of Aiani - Overview

  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 and brought to light significant architectural remains, clusters of graves and organized cemeteries, dating from prehistoric until late Hellenistic times. 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.
  Some of the monuments have been protected under sheds: the Cistern, the "House with the Staircase", part of the Agora and the largest section of the necropolis with the built cist-graves.
  The finds are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Aiane.

  The most important monuments on the site are the following:
The Classical Agora, with a stoa and shops.
Hellenistic houses. Some of the most important are the "House with the Staircase", the "House with the Pithoi" and the "House with the Loomweights".
Classical stoa with pillars.
Large, circular cistern, quarried out in the rock.
Large cist-graves dated to the late Archaic and Classical periods.
Farmhouses A, B and C.
Roman tholos tomb on the site called "Rache Tseika".
Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches, spanning the period from the 11th to the 19th century A.D.

Archaeological Site of Aiani - Map

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Visiting Information • Admission fee • By appointment / Winter season • Fixed hours • Organized archeological site
Ancient settlement • Archaic Hellenism, 1050-479 BC • Classical period, 480-323 BC • Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC
Cemetery • Archaic Hellenism, 1050-479 BC • Classical period, 480-323 BC
Ancient monuments • Stoas • Houses • Tombs

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