New architectural remains emerged during the excavation at Gourimadi Karystos, which was carried out for the fourth excavation period, from 24-05-2021 to 11-06-2021. The architectural remains are located in the extension of the already known settlement to the west side.
An important finding is the discovery of three shallow circular holes (stake holes) in a row, which were probably used for the placement of stakes. The exploration of the use of these holes will take place during the next excavation period, in 2022. The importance of the settlement dating back to its findings in the Late Late Neolithic Age is great because it is probably the oldest settlement in the area of Karystia.
Movable finds such as stone tools and grinders, machined obsidian blades, arrowheads, prove that the predominant material is that of obsidian, which attaches particular importance to the trade exchanges and contacts of the settlement with the nearby Aegean islands. During the screening of the finds, important samples of pottery of the Late Late Neolithic Age were found, many of which are written.
The excavation is carried out by the Norwegian Archaeological Institute of Athens and is supervised by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Evia.
The Ephorate of Antiquities of Evia, recognizing the importance and dynamics of this site, has already taken the necessary steps to declare it as an archaeological site, as Gourimadi is one of the most important prehistoric sites of South Karystia.