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An ancient Molossian settlement with cemetery which was continually inhabited from the 8th to the 4th century b.c. were discovered at an altitude of 1,030 meters in Vitsa Zagoriou. The ancient cemetery consists of two separate sections, the northern and t
(Photo: Σακελλαρίου Μ.Β., Ήπειρος, Εκδοτική Αθηνών Α.Ε. [ M.B. Sakellariou, Epirus, Ekdotiki Athinon S.A.])

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12/02/2008
THE REGION OF ZAGORI/ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES AND MONUMENTS

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ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES:

- Boila Refuge Cave:
In the national park of Vikos-Aoos, right at the exit of the valley of Voidomatis, 11 m above the river bank, an 80 m2 refuge cave bears signs of life from the Later Paleolithic Age (16,000 – 10,000 years ago). A great number of tools made of firestone, remains of wild fauna, remnants of fires and space arrangement indications led to the assumption that this was a seasonal base from which hunters would venture into the valley, rich in animals of prey, and the fertile plain of Konitsa.
* refuge cave, prehistory, findings

- The Klidi Location:
On the right bank of the Voidomatis, between Panaghia Spiliotissa and the monastery of St. Anargiri in Klidonia, a limestone refuge cave has been hosting human activities for thousands of years. More than 30,000 blades made of pebbles from the Voidomatis and over 20,000 tools made of bone and other findings have been discovered in the area and are now on exhibit the archaeological museum of Ioannina. It dates back to the Later Paleolithic Age.
The neighboring sheep penis proof of its continuing use today.
* refuge cave, background, findings

- Deer forest – Kato Edina:
Box-shaped tombs from the 13th century have been discovered, with funeral gifts, beads from necklaces, brass jewelry and guns, all of which have been transferred to the archaeological museum of Ioannina.
*tombs, archaeology

- Vitsa:
At a short distance from Vitsa, on the left side of the road to Monodendri, a fence protects the ruins of a small settlement of cattle raisers, with architectural elements of the geometric, archaic and classical period. It was inhabited from the 9th to the 4th century B.C. when it was destroyed by a fire. Excavations brought to light two cemeteries, the southern cemetery, west of the reservoirs with 151 tombs, box-shaped or of stone and the northern cemetery with 26 tombs, graves (of the geometric period) or stone (of the classical period). A great number of funeral gifts, among which the imported copper weapons and pottery (geometric from Corinth, classical from Athens), constitute evidence of the financial prosperity and contact with other regions. The area is always open and entrance is free.
*archaic settlement, cattle-breeders

- Skamneli:
Remnants of a circular and a square tower and a gate indicate the existence of a fortress dating from the end of the 4th to the beginning of the 3rd century B.C.
*ancient fortress

- Makrino:
Part of the 3rd century B.C. wall has sunk in the Zagoritikos River.
*wall of the Hellenistic period

- Kastraki:
On the top of a steep hill between Klidonia and Aghios Minas is a wall which probably belongs to the camp of Piros.
*wall of the Hellenistic period

- Petra:
Pottery ding back to the Roman period has been discovered in the settlement of Aghia Paraskevi.
*findings of the Roman period.