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by Archaeology Newsroom

Ancient Stageira during the Archaic and Classical periods

Excavations on the site of ancient Stageira commenced in September 1990 and continue every summer to this day. In this short period of time, the boundaries of the ancient town were marked out on the small mountainous “Liotopi” peninsula, not far from Olympiada. The southern wall of the Classical phase of the town, which blocked the peninsula from one end to the other, from sea to sea, was located and revealed, thus contributing to the location of the town’s limits. Recent excavations have brought to light, beside the large sections of the Stageira fortification, the acropolis, several houses of the Classical and Hellenistic period, an Archaic sanctuary, a stoa of the Classical age, etc. As the excavations progressed, the archaeological site as a whole was put in order.Relevant works were scheduled or are in progress, so that the site, properly organized, can be opened to the public. Needless to say, Aristotle’s birthplace, which is visited by hosts of “pilgrims” from Greece and abroad, must remain clean and pure, unspoiled by any industrial or other pollution, so that the site’s features both historical and archaeological can come down to future generations as an important heritage.