VAN DUIVELSBERG TOT RODE ROTS: DE SURVEY VAN 1996 IN DE VLAKTE VAN ALMIROS (GRIEKENLAND)
Following the 1990, 1992 and 1994 campaigns, a successful survey was conducled in the plain of Aimiros (Thessaly, Greece) from May until July 1996. About 45 new sites, dating from the Neolithic to c. AD 1900 were discovered by systematically walking the finger ridges that project info the plain from the Othris Mountains. Most sites can be classifled as rural settlements from the Hellenistic and Late Roman/Byzantine periods. Also some sites dating from the Byzantine era were mapped.
A major discovery was a large site from the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1600 BC) in the swamp near the Pagasitic Gulf. A fully-fledged pottery assernbiage was picked up here, ranging from Minyan high- and low-stemmed drinking vessels and white-slipped matt-painted pottery to plain, coarse-ware storage vessels. Grinding stones, bones and shells were also abundant, suggesting the presence of a complete settlement with a mixed agriculturall marine-oriented economy.