PREHISTORIC Polygonal masonry at Palaiokastro

Hugh Newman has has put together a new film featuring amazing drone footage and up close views of the ancient polygonal masonry in Greece at what is known as Palaiokastro Fort. Just click play to enjoy this ancient adventure below.

According to Hugh, Palaiokastro Fort is one of many hilltop constructions dating to the late Mycenaean period with Hellenistic additions added on from the 4th century BC. It has stunning polygonal walls and doorways resembling those in ancient Peru and Italy, displaying fine craftsmanship. 1

Palaiokastro Fort sits east of the village of Agios Adrianos. It consists of a large curtain wall, 50m x 26m, and a fort at the highest point of the hill. In the southwest corner of the enclosure, there is a trapezoidal cave, which may be a small ‘Tholos Tomb’ that is coated with plaster. The square fort has survived to a height of three levels. On the west side, where the wide entrance gate is located, a high monolithic lintel has survived in place. The fort has not been systematically studied except in 1890 by I. Kofiniotis, with funding from the Archaeological Society. 2

The construction is located on the land route that connected the city of Argos with Epidaurus, but why such sophisticated masonry was used is unclear. 3

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1-3 Hugh Newman