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  • Siris Herakleia
  • Policoro
  • Siris Herakleia
  • Italy
  • Basilicate
  • Province of Matera
  • Policoro



  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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    • The most important find from the excavation of the eastern area of the sanctuary of Demeter was the Hellenistic sacred well. Formed by a ring of clay (diam.90cm, height 50cm), it had a lid with a central hole. Close to the well numerous votive vases had be... Read More
    • Excavations at the sanctuary of Demeter were undertaken to discover how far it extended to the east and west.

      To the west of the “sacred well” a votive hoard dating to between the 5th to 3rd centuries B.C. came to light. It compriesed miniature _skyphoi

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    • Excavations have been undertaken in the western part of the sanctuary of Demeter by a team from Innsbruck University.

      The new trenches revealed that the sanctuary extends further to the north and west than had been thought to date. The remains were unc

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    • This campaign aimed to investigate the extension and layout of the Hellenistic sanctuary of Demeter, particularly its western area, study the typologies of the votive deposits and identify the various phases of the pre-Heraklean sanctuary, specifically the... Read More
    • Previous excavations conducted in the sanctuary of Demeter, in the area of the eastern temenos, had brought to light a late Archaic occupation level. Subsequently, several terracotta votives of the so-called ‘armed goddess’ type were found within the hollo... Read More
    • The excavations undertaken by the University of Innsbruck at the spring-water sanctuary of Demeter at Herakleia in 2004-2006 made a significant contribution to the understanding of the topography of the cult area, the division of the structures, the archit... Read More
    • The stratigraphic excavations begun in the eastern sector in 2006 continued. To the northwest an extensive deposit was excavated. On the rim of a vase the letters epsilon and probably the remains of a ni were still legible, and the traces of other lett... Read More
    • In the previous year a stratified votive deposit comprising three levels came to light in trench 6/04. The single levels of the sacred deposit were separated by a thin layer of clay and cobbles. In 2008, another deposit was found below a further layer of c... Read More
    • In 2007 in the central zone of the sanctuary the upper interface of a layer of fill and of terracing comprising large tile fragments mostly in a horizontal position, large stones, occasional bone fragments, a little earth and some small cobbles was uncover... Read More
    • In 2010 the investigation of the spring-water sanctuary of Siris-Herakleia concentrated on two distinct areas of the sanctuary. In the western part, trench 3/07 produced Hellenistic material attesting the occupation of the sanctuary in that period. In the ... Read More
    • In 2011, excavations continued on the fourth terrace in the northern part of the sanctuary, where the layout of the structures was further defined. Trench 1/10 on the slope was extended downwards to the north in order to gain an overall idea of the aspect ... Read More
    • In 2012, excavations in the sanctuary continued on the fourth terrace, where the investigation was extended towards the north.

      Intense building activity was documented in this area situated just outside the humid zone of the springs. The foundations of

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  • 700 BC
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