Beyond the polis


Lefkandi – Xeropolis

Lefkandi is located on the island of Euboea and was extensively occupied since the Early Bronze Age (roughly 2100 BC) to the end of the Geometric period (ca 700 BC). The site yielded unique evidence of an early development in social organization and cultural production during the post-palatial period (Late Helladic III – ca 12th- 11th c. B.C.), while early overseas contacts are attested through the imports found in Protogeometric contexts.

The recent campaigns on the site concentrate in two main regions.  Region I is located to the east of the old excavations, and Region II to the centre of the tell and was never excavated before. The program that will be undertaken through the project submitted in the Wiener-Anspach Foundation will concentrate on the distinctive circular structures and their associated material excavated in Region II. In an area located close to substantial walls in the vicinity of the settlement, the excavations revealed so far three complex structures of circular forms, dated successively from the LHIII to the Early Protogeometric period. These structures are neither domestic nor funerary. They belong to the earliest known examples of similar platforms that have been associated with ritual activities connected with consumption of food. These later platforms were generally associated with the ancestors or hero –cults, while the purpose of the structures in Region II of Lefkandi-Xeropolis is not entirely clear yet. The area needs further investigation in order to understand the nature of the neighbouring walls and of the zone itself. The completion of the study of the material finds will further shed light on the practices performed on these structures. The preliminary study does suggest that the circular platforms were in use from the 12th to the 10th centuries BC and were associated with ritual dining and feasting.


I.S. Lemos, “The excavations at Lefkandi – Xeropolis (2003 -08)”, BICS 53.2 (2010), 134-135.
C.Ch. Aslan, “A place of burning. Hero or Ancestor Cult at Troy”, Hesperia 80 (2011), 381-429.