AGIA PARASKEVI CEMETERY
The cemetery of Ayia Paraskevi was discovered 25 km E-SE of Thessaloniki. Excavations conducted in 1981-1986 brought to light some 500 tombs, cist-graves, pit-graves and stone sarcophagi. Each tomb contained a single burial whose orientation varied according to the gender of the dead; women were buried with the head facing east and men facing west. Most of the tombs contained rich offerings; male burials were accompanied by weapons and female burials by jewellery, mostly bronze and rarely gold or silver. Many burials, both male and female, yielded lozenge-shaped sheets of gold with relief decoration, which covered the mouth of the dead. All tombs contained pottery, terracotta figurines, glass and faience vessels. The pottery consisted of imported Attic, Corinthian and East-Ionian vases, and unpainted local pottery. The Chian kalykes, found in the tombs, are of high quality. The cemetery is dated to the 6th century B.C.
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