One of the earliest Iron Age houses discovered in Greece

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Archaeologists from the University of Göttingen in Thorikos, Greece discovered one of the earliest-known Iron Age houses in Athens under the Thorikos Archaeological Project Gent-Göttingen. 

The find gives fresh insight into the early history of Greece, as in the past there has never been any building structures from the earliest Iron Age discovered in Attica.

The ancient village is 60 kilometers south of Athens, close to a historic silver mine. In the region there are Mycenaean dome tombs and a classical settlement with homes, businesses, temples, a theatre, and graveyards. 

In 2019, an uncovered wall corner was discovered that, at first glance, appeared to point to a traditional tomb building. However, additional investigation showed that it was a building from the 10th to 9th centuries BC, not a burial site.

Iron Age house from the 10th to the 9th century BC. in Thorikos (Attica/Greece): courtyard with adjoining rooms. Photo: Thorikos Archaeological Project Gent-Göttingen

Researchers have been looking into the building’s size for the past year and have located five to six rooms. Numerous stones were in the largest room, which could have once been a paved courtyard.

Its use between approximately 950 and 825 BC was substantiated by analysis of the inorganic and organic characteristics of the rocks.

According to arkeonews, the continuation of the excavations is being funded with around 82,000 euros by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

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