|The archaeological project at Paliambela Kolindros is an international project that takes as its goal the systematic investigation, management and development of the prehistoric settlement at Paliambela, located in the Municipality of Kolindros. The Project began in 1999 and has continued until today. It is conducted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under the direction of Prof. Kostas Kotsakis, in collaboration with the British School of Archaeology and the University of Sheffield, U.K., headed by Prof. Paul Halstead.
A large number of people participate in the project (over 120 every year) as part of a multinational team including students and researchers from the Universities of Sheffield, London, Cambridge, Oxford, Heidelberg, Valencia, Prague, Llubjana, and Istanbul, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the Universities of Athens, Ioannina, Thessaly, Crete and Thrace.
To date the excavation has uncovered important architectural elements, such as the ditches and stone circuit walls of the settlement and stone-paved yards, and a wealth of finds and food remains. Their combination with various palaeoecological, experimental and ethnographic studies, conducted within the framework of the archaeological programme, constitutes the starting point for the understanding of the lives of people during the Neolithic, and other periods, in this area.
The excavation activities at the Neolithic site of Paliambela form part of the Temper European programme, which takes as its subject the investigation of the management possibilities of prehistoric sites across the Mediterranean and the sensitisation of the public to the importance of archaeological heritage. At the moment, all the necessary preparations are being made, with the valuable help of the Municipality of Kolindros, for the inclusion of the management programme of the Paliambela archaeological site in the Regional Business Programme of the Third European Support Framework.
The research is being continued with the support of the Greek Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace, the Municipality of Kolindros, INSTAP, the British School of Archaeology, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the University of Sheffield. In addition, important services, procurements and materials were provided by the two sponsor university institutions, the Municipality of Kolindros and the 16th Ephorate of Antiquities. Kind sponsors throughout the whole of this period were Dodoni Ltd. and SEKAP Ltd.