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One of the key neolithic sites in Europe, a must see. It's impressive, stone buildings, and in... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2018
jeffmorrod
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Paris, France
Dimini - Neolithic and Mycenaean Site

Well worth a visit. A compact site so not a lot of walking necessary, but plenty to see. Signage... read more

Reviewed July 20, 2017
CarynandLesP
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Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed July 5, 2018

One of the key neolithic sites in Europe, a must see. It's impressive, stone buildings, and in association with a massive Mycenaean town, which was sadly closed when we were there, still under excavation. Still we did see an impressive Mycenaean beehive tomb. The guardian was very helpful, so proud of the site entrusted to him, as he should be, it's fantastic. Go to the nearby Sesklo, it's the oldest neolithic farming town in Europe (I think), even older than Dimini. Both are amazing!

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Reviewed July 20, 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit. A compact site so not a lot of walking necessary, but plenty to see. Signage and explanations make it possible to create a mental image of the settlement. Includes a Mycnaean tholos (another one about 200m down the road) and a neolithic 'village' made up of a megaron surrounded by 14 one room areas. We were struck by how modern were the needs of neolithic people - very similar to our own times.
Entrance fee - €2

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Reviewed April 6, 2017

We went not knowing what to expect, but came away glad that we had visited this particular site. We arrived as a party of Greek primary children were making a visit and it was good to see them exploring their heritage. The site is well laid out and the various collections of ruins have information boards with clear explanations, so you can get a good idea of what you are looking at, even if like us you go not knowing very much at all. It was fascinating thinking about how early society organised itself and speculating about their daily lives. The surrounding scenery is attractive and modern agricultural activity is all around this site where ancient agrarians lived. Any artefacts that have been found are in the museum in Volos, so a visit there is certainly worth while. There is also a well restored Mycenaean style tomb on the site too and another just down the road on the way to Sesklo. A visit to Dimini and Sesklo works well as the two sites are very close to each other.

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Reviewed August 28, 2016

A must see, fairly well (for something that old) preserved archaeological site. The city planning is still visible. Lots of daily life elements can be seen, such as the fire pits inside the remaining of the houses, storage areas, as well as part of the pottery oven. Must combine with the Sesklo prehistoric settlement (just ten minutes away) which is even older (around 7.000 BC).
Don't miss these two sites. The tickers cost 4 Euro for Dimini, and 2 Euro for Sesklo, and there are also audioguides available.

3  Thank MarSahMarSah
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Reviewed January 31, 2016

Dimini is a nice archaelogical site at about 5km of Volos, also the village has the same name; On the hill is an impertant excavation and Mycenaean settlement has came to light, perhaps the ancient "Iolkos", new Volos; you see an old palace, workshops, warehouses and sites of warship, roads starts from here for ending to the port of the Gulf.

3  Thank Manuela L
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Reviewed July 31, 2015

You have to see and explore the place. You will be amazed!
5000 years or more of history! You will inside the grave and to the surrounding area... You will feel like the time stop!

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Reviewed December 8, 2014

A few miles west of Volos, and easy to reach, on a good road.

There are two 'sides' to the archaeological site. First, there is an early neolithic settlement on top of a low hill. The foundations of ancient dwellings and the perimeter wall are clear, and there are explanatory panels, but if you want to know more you can also visit the museum in Volos, where many of the finds are on show, there are possible re-creations of the prehistoric houses, and the importance of the site in European prehistory is explained.

The second part, at the foot of the hill and a couple of hundred yards beyond it on the other side from the road, is a substantial Mycenean settlement with what appear to be the foundations of a palace. This just may be the original Iolkis, the port from where Jason and the Argonauts sailed. Iolkis was certainly in the area; no comparable candidate has been found; and although the sea has retreated now the settlement was on the shore in Mycenean times.

So definitely a site to visit for anyone interested in archaeology or anyone fascinated by the ancient Greek myths, legends and stories. There's not a huge amount to see - not like Olympia or Epidavros - and an hour or two should be quite enough. A visit could maybe be combined with one to Selsko, another hugely important prehistoric site only two or three miles away, or lunch at a restaurant in Velestino, just up the road.

Take a sun hat if it's hot !

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