Culture

Discover places of cultural interest

Archaeological Site of Dymokastro

Rate this item
(1 Vote)
  • Address: Ladochori Village, Thesprotia, Greece
  • Directions: Get Directions
Aerial view of the settlement Aerial view of the settlement

Erēmokastro, Elinokastro or Elimokastro, D(ē)ymokastro are modern place-names assigned to the coastal fortified settlement founded during the second half of the 4th century BC. The site occupies an oblong hill to the south of Karavostasi Bay near Perdika, Thesprotia. The existing ruins have been tentatively identified by Nicholas Hammond and Sotiris Dakaris with ancient Elina, the seat of the Thesprotian tribe of Elinoi. The Elinoi inhabited, roughly, the area delimited by present-day Margariti, Plataria and Perdika.

Dymokastro, covering an area of 22 hectares, is divided in three sectors, built on consecutive plateaus along the hill and enclosed within successive fortification circuits. During the time of its foundation habitation was restricted on the smooth and leveled eastern part of the hill, where the -conventionally called- “citadels” A and B are situated. In Hellenistic times, the fortification was expanded in order to include the western sector (“citadel” C), where the wall descended to the coast, protecting thus the ancient port.

Rather than being organized along the lines of a rigid urban plan, the layout of the settlement follows the natural configuration. The settlement’s main thoroughfare ran parallel to the fortification circuit. Street segments, discovered between neighboring buildings, are actually communication corridors terminating in dead ends.

The positioning of the buildings does not follow a uniform pattern, while the buildings themselves -mainly private houses- are quite distinct from each other in terms of their ground plan, size and structural details. Apart from individual houses with rectangular or trapezoidal ground plans, more elaborate building complexes are encountered, comprising numerous irregularly arranged rooms. A remarkable feature of the site is the presence of three rock-hewn round cisterns for the collection and storage of rainwater.

No specific area demarcated as a commercial or civic Agora has been traced at Dymokastro. Nonetheless, during recent investigation buildings of public character have been unearthed in various parts of the site. A stoic building, located at the northern and western end of “citadel” A, housed the commercial activities of the settlement’s inhabitants. Close by, a complex of two rectangular buildings of fine masonry was investigated. From its interior came fragments of pediment sculpture and clay objects associated with cult activities. A second excavated shrine is located at the western end of “citadel” B. It consists of a main rectangular building, divided into three internal spaces and other auxiliary rooms.

The settlement flourished during the Hellenistic Period until its devastation by the Romans in 167 BC. However, contrary to other Thesprotian fortified sites, habitation at Dymokastro continued well into the 1st century AD. This was probably due to its key coastal position, securing control over maritime routes along the Ionian Sea.

Read 669 times Last modified on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 11:49

45 comments

  • Comment Link PatrickOrity posted by PatrickOrity Thursday, 19 October 2017 01:17

    illegal buy viagra online canada
    buy viagra online
    viagra online bestellen schweiz
    [url=http://bgaviagrahms.com/#]viagra online[/url]
    do have see doctor get viagra

  • Comment Link DavidVah posted by DavidVah Monday, 16 October 2017 01:51

    buy cialis no prescription needed
    buy cialis online
    order cialis/viagra online
    [url=http://waystogetts.com/#]cheap cialis[/url]
    cheapest cialis india

  • Comment Link Stevenduard posted by Stevenduard Saturday, 14 October 2017 13:26

    can you buy viagra over the counter at walmart
    viagra pills
    viagra 150 mg take
    [url=http://fastshipptoday.com/#]where to buy viagra[/url]
    price of viagra in singapore

  • Comment Link WilmerGlomy posted by WilmerGlomy Friday, 13 October 2017 12:57

    buy viagra online legally uk
    where to buy viagra
    best price for real viagra
    [url=http://fastshipptoday.com/#]viagra for sale uk[/url]
    what is the use of sildenafil citrate tablets

  • Comment Link Danielbew posted by Danielbew Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:39

    is there an over the counter pill that works like viagra
    buy viagra online
    order viagra walgreens
    [url=http://fastshipptoday.com/#]generic for viagra[/url]
    sildenafil generico farmacia similares

  • Comment Link Danielbew posted by Danielbew Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:49

    buy viagra in las vegas
    buy generic viagra
    buying viagra over internet
    [url=http://fastshipptoday.com/#]viagra uk[/url]
    how to buy viagra in bangalore

  • Comment Link Richardcleaw posted by Richardcleaw Wednesday, 11 October 2017 02:15

    buy some viagra
    viagra from canada
    mexican pharmacy viagra online
    [url=http://fastshipptoday.com/#]viagra without a doctor prescription[/url]
    viagra sold generic

  • Comment Link ManuelPaf posted by ManuelPaf Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:13

    is 100mg of viagra dangerous
    viagra sans ordonnance
    pfizer viagra price 100mg
    [url=http://fastshipptoday.com/#]buy viagra[/url]
    buy viagra melbourne

  • Comment Link Juliofal posted by Juliofal Tuesday, 10 October 2017 01:29

    viagra 100mg sildenafil pfizer
    Viagra 50mg
    hay viagra generica
    [url=http://mbviagraghtorderke.com/#]Generic Viagra[/url]
    sildenafil citrate buy online

  • Comment Link AlysonVfy posted by AlysonVfy Sunday, 08 October 2017 15:11

    Hi everybody! Recently I have been battling with a lot of challenges. Friends and doctors keep telling me I should consider taking pills, so I may as well [url=https://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/phpunit/tramadol-price]read more[/url] and see how it goes. Problem is, I haven't taken it for a while, and don't wanna get back to it, we'll see how it goes.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.