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POSI Number TP038
GU number
Intensive Survey Zone Asinou
Village Nikitari
Locality Mandres tous Jerenides
Easting 495242.00
Northing 3876497.00
Elevation (m) 618.00
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Source GPS
Team Leader ESG
Summary Tumbledown structures: two sets of three rooms adjoining each other, a possible threshing floor, a possible well and check dams. Four clusters of ruined structures on two ridges separated by a gully.
Topography Buildings are aligned North-South. On two noses with East aspect separated by a gully.
Vegetation Pine trees and wild oats. Alium, 1 domesticated olive, terebinth, curry plant.
Access Take dirt road from Asinou settlement, following lower routes until reaching other side of valley. From forest road starting from Asineon Cafi along North side of valley.
Description Environment Relatively clear patch in the forest between the forest road and Argaki ton Rotson / Potamos Rotson. Steep slopes covered in dried grass, wild oats, scattered pines, cistus, capers and other sharp shrubs.
Pottery Some
Tile Some
Chipped Stone None
Ground Stone Unclear
Slag None
Architecture Abundant
Visibility (%) 0
Description POSI Appears to be a single structure from South to North. Divided into three rooms. Entering the first room from the south, its outer dimensions are: length is 11 m and width is 4 m. The second room has a length of 6 m and a width of 4 m. The third room has a length of 7 m and a width of 3.5 m. Walls are made out of ground stone [ie. river cobbles?] with pottery and tile. On the inner North wall of the first room is a niche/shelf. Further West up the slope towards the road is a wall that starts at the middle of the second room and turns around. Also, to the West is a possible well and maybe a threshing floor. Also a replica of the building aforementioned. After having consulted the cadastral it can be seen that the POSI functioned as a sheepfold. A circular oven is also recorded as well as 3 other sheepfold structures nearby.(Full description in TAESP 2002 Team Settlement Notebook. Measured ground plan: Drawing No. RJM-01-01)Four clusters of structures marked on cadastral plan as 'sheepfolds' (this is possibly a secondary use). The two North clusters are generally well-built with square stones with pottery and stone chinking and mud bonding. The two South clusters are less well defined, consisting of bays duginto the hillside with partial stone reinforcing walls. Raised areas and earth platforms may be the result of decayed mudbrick.Possible paths cross the gully between North and South areas. These could be forestry planting terraces (maybe re-used paths).Two gullies, 1 between North and South areas of structures and 1 North of structures contained a considerable number of check dams, probably built by the Forestry Department in the 1950s.Pater Kyriakos of Nikitari said that this, and Ag. Yeorgios (TP125), was the winter settlement for the shepherds of Spilia. 1 August 2002.The following coordinates will tie the drawing grid into the UTM grid and will become useful when GIS becomes involved:E50/N0 - 495295/3876494/589mE0/N0 -495242/3876497/618mE0N/30 - 495246/3876525/599mW50/N0 - 495200/3876497/609mE0/S30 - 495247/3876466/605mE0/S70 - 495244/3876433/611mE30/S60 -495266/3876443/606mW40/S60 - 495208/3876449/613m
Condition Fairly good. In some places, the walls have tumbled down but the basic structure seems solid. Overgrown with wild oats.Very ruinous to not-quite-so ruinous.
Settlement Yes
Church No
Building Yes
Bridge No
Check Dam Yes
Threshing Floor No
Tomb No
Kiln No
Other Structure No
Rock No
Mine/Adit No
Botany No
Extraction No
Road No
Pottery No
Lithics No
View No
Geomorphology No
Prehistoric No
Iron Age No
Hellenistic/Roman No
Medieval/Ottoman Yes
Modern Yes
Slag No
Shrine No
Entered By EAS
Entered Date 21/7/2001 00:00:00
Recorded By EAS
Recorded Date 21/7/2001 00:00:00