Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00

Prehistoric settlement of Dispilio, Kastoria...

Prehistoric settlement of Dispilio, Kastoria...

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The Neolithic lakeside settlement of Dispilio offers a unique opportunity in Greek prehistory to have a clear insight into the fishing activities of a Neolithic community living by the lake. The important quantities of fishbones recovered from the excavation are the object of a thorough archaeoichtyological study, comprising species identification, ecological and quantitative reconstruction through the phases of the settlement, as well as questions regarding fishing tackle and methods, quantities and sizes of fish, methods of preparation and cooking, secondary uses.
A recreation of the lake dwellers' settlement has been erected near the excavation site to attract tourists from Greece and abroad.
The lake settlement was discovered during the dry winter of 1932, which lowered the lake level and revealed traces of the settlement. A preliminary survey was made in 1935 by Antonios Keramopoulos. Excavations began in 1992, led by George Hourmouziadis, professor of prehistoric archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
A recreation of the lake dwellers' settlement has been erected near the excavation site to attract tourists from Greece and abroad.
The Neolithic lakeside settlement of Dispilio offers a unique opportunity in Greek prehistory to have a clear insight into the fishing activities of a Neolithic community living by the lake. The important quantities of fishbones recovered from the excavation are the object of a thorough archaeoichtyological study, comprising species identification, ecological and quantitative reconstruction through the phases of the settlement, as well as questions regarding fishing tackle and methods, quantities and sizes of fish, methods of preparation and cooking, secondary uses.
Fish stocks from the lake must have been a staple food throughout the use of the site, especially during the middle phase of occupation. Fishermen used to fish in the neighbouring shallow silty waters of the lake, using various methods, namely nets, hook and line, harpoons and fishtraps, for which the archaeological record from Dispilio provides evidence, such as netweights, stone hooks and silex points.
Eco-museum that has been integrated in “Life” program since 1996 and is open to the public since 2000, is an attempt to represent the settlement. It gives the opportunity to the visitor to better approach the way of living of its inhabitants.

 

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