Antiquities of Ouranoupoli


In the region of Ouranoupolis, significant antiquities have been found. At a distance of 1 kilometer east of the village, at Kokkinohorofos, a tomb of the Roman era was revealed. It was located on a low hill, near the road that leads to the Zygos monastery and the boundary line of Mount Athos. The discovery was made within the boundaries of a private estate during leveling operations. The find may not be impressive at first reading, but it gives us a new element for an unexplored archaeological site, which is known for its intense human presence in antiquity.

The grave is built, boxed, and oriented parallel to the shoreline. The walls of the tomb are crafted with slow (unprocessed) stones and yellowish clay as a binder. The dead is deposited directly on the reddish soil in a supine position. The unique gifts that were found are a bronze coin on the deceased’s chest and a clay unleaded lamp beside his left foot.

Chronologically, the find is placed in the third quarter of the 3rd century. A.D. Above the grave was a low stone pavilion. Interestingly, similar stones are found in several locations in the surrounding area, an indication that may indicate the existence of an organized ancient cemetery. To the north, at a short distance from the aforementioned location, there is a water bridge and stoa with a post-Byzantine water supply system, as well as other works that appear to be part of a more general water supply system in the area.