Neolithic Thessaly: radiocarbon dated periods and phases

  • Agathe Reingruber Freie Universität Berlin
  • Giorgos Toufexis Ephorate of Antiquities of Larissa, Larissa
  • Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika Emerita Directress of the Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology, Athens
  • Michalis Anetakis Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia, Volos
  • Yannis Maniatis Emeritus Director, Laboratory of Archaeometry, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Athens
  • Yorgos Facorellis Department of Antiquities and Works of Art Conservation, Faculty of Fine Arts, Athens University of Applied Sciences, Athens
Keywords: Thessaly, Neolithic, radiocarbon dates, absolute and relative chronology


Thessaly in Central Greece is famous for settlement mounds (magoules) that were already partly formed in the Early Neolithic period. Some of these long-lived sites grew to many metres in height during the subsequent Middle, Late and Final Neolithic periods, and were also in­habited in the Bronze Age. Such magoules served as the backbone for defining relative chronolo­gical schemes. However, their absolute dating is still a topic of debate: due to a lack of well-defined se­quences, different chronological schemes have been proposed. New radiocarbon dates obtained in the last few years allow a better understanding of the duration not only of the main Neolithic pe­riods, but also of the different phases and sub-phases.


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Author Biography

Agathe Reingruber, Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Prähistorische Archäologie
How to Cite
Reingruber, A., Toufexis, G., Kyparissi-Apostolika, N., Anetakis, M., Maniatis, Y., & Facorellis, Y. (2017). Neolithic Thessaly: radiocarbon dated periods and phases. Documenta Praehistorica, 44, 34-53.