Poliochni-Thymarelia (Livadochoriou-Agiou Dimitriou-Atsikis), Lemnos

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Poliochne, often cited under its modern name Poliochni, was an ancient settlement on the east coast of the island of Lemnos. It was settled in the Late Chalcolithic and earliest Aegean Bronze Age and is believed to be one of the most ancient towns in Europe, preceding Troy I. Anatolian features of the earliest layers were affected by cultural influences from Helladic Greece, about the start of Early Helladic II, ca. 2500 BC.The site, with houses huddled together sharing party walls, was unearthed by excavations of the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens, beginning in 1930. It is believed that Troy was its main rival commercially; a rivalry that led to the decline of Poliochne circa 2000 BC.ArchaeologyFollowing initial soundings, regular campaigns at Poliochne were undertaken under A. Della Seta in 1931-36, when they were suspended. Following Della Seta's death, excavations were resumed in 1951-53, 1956 and 1960.During 1994-1997, Greek archaeologists discovered a more recent Bronze Age settlement on the tiny uninhabited island of Koukonesi situated in the Moudros harbour, west of Poliochne. This settlement was developed circa 2000-1650 BC, and the findings again prove commercial ties with Asia Minor, and with Aegean islands and mainland Greece. Mycenaean ceramics of the 13th century BC found on Koukonesi could prove that, around the traditional era of the Trojan War took place, the Greeks had a permanent settlement there, rather than just a commercial outpost, understanding the importance of the straits connecting the Aegean and the Black Sea.
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  • I was not aware that the oldest known city of Europe lies in Lemnos a great archeological site, the city with the Chronicle no tour, but the signs are very instructive Visit and the small building at the entrance of the Museum area, for more information the geographical location of the island is such, that favored the creation of cities in the passage from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean
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  • We visited this location during our journey to Limnos this summer. It is a medium size archeological location indicating an ancient port with interesting history and some well preserved ruins. It is w...  more »
  • When you walk into the Information Section at the beginning of the area, you are instantly Overwhelmed with the Fantastic History of Poliochni! Did you know that she is the Sister City to Troy, the Bi...  more »
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